Conceptual Model for Performance-Based Management of Regional Water Systems

by Stephen S. Light, South Florida Water Management, District, West Palm Beach, United States,
James P. Heaney, South Florida Water Management, District, West Palm Beach, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The national shift in emphasis from top-down development plan orientation in water resources, wherein the federal government assumed the dominant role, to the shared partnership approach fostered during the past decade has very much been in evidence in the joint operation of the Federally constructed and locally operated water management system in South Florida. While the Federal Government has developed a rather sophisticated set of principles, guidelines and accounts for evaluating the federal and non-federal interests in the planning and design phases of water projects, a similar decision support apparatus has not been developed to handle operational-mode decisions that require reformulation of federal projects due to emergent, unanticipated or adverse impacts. This paper will describe preliminary efforts to develop a performance-based decision support system (DSS) to improve the quality of decision making in water resources.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water management | Urban and regional development | Federal government | Water supply systems | Water quality | Resource management | Water supply | Florida | United States

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