The Role of Social Sciences in Putting People Into Federal Water Resources Project Planning and Evaluation

by Gerald E. Galloway, US Military Acad, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management


While great attention has been given to the importance of engineering, economic, and, recently, environmental factors, the need for consideration of the social impacts of projects and for public participation in planning, has not been given the same spotlight. The contributions of social scientists to a changing Federal approach to social impact analysis and to public participation - putting people into planning and evaluation - have been important. If these factors are to remain considerations in the process, the efforts of the social science community must continue in the years ahead. This paper discusses the subject in terms of resource development objectives, principles and guidelines, and other related topics.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Social factors | Federal government | Economic factors | Construction management | Professional societies | Water supply | Environmental issues

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