Can Negotiations Succeed? The Platte River Case

by Ann Salomon Bleed, Nebraska Dept of Water Resources, Lincoln, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


A study of the processes by which water is allocated in the Platte River system affords an excellent opportunity for studying decision-making processes. The case is not one where only one entity can be a winner and no winners can be chosen until one entity gathers sufficient power to force a solution. Rather, there appear to be numerous opportunities for compromise decisions where everyone has something to gain and lose. However, today, in spite of extensive scientific studies, in spite of innovative attempts by expert negotiators, and in spite of real opportunities for compromise, the achievement of an acceptable water allocation plan for the Platte River eludes decision makers.

Subject Headings: Negotiation | Rivers and streams | Water resources | Water supply | River systems | Innovation | Legislation | Decision making

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