Empowering Stakeholders Through Simulation in Water Resources Planning

by Richard N. Palmer,
Allison M. Keyes,
Selene Fisher,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


During the past two years, researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have had the unique opportunity to facilitate and observe the development of drought planning activities associated with the National Drought study (NDS) and its Drought preparedness studies sites as sponsored by the institute of Water Resources of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Each of the DPS sites is unique, with different study objectives and institutional constraints. However, one uniform requirement of the study is to develop tactical and strategic drought plans that can be successfully implemented within the study region. At the onset of the study it was recognized that successful implementation is directly related to the active involvement of affected parties and agencies (denoted asstakeholders) and the degree to which they support the plan's conclusions. This paper concentrates on one specific approach found useful in encouraging comprehensive and meaningful participation by a wide range of stakeholders; the development of object-oriented simulation models for the water resource system under study.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Hydrologic models | Resource management | Mathematical models | Simulation models | Droughts | Colleges and universities | Federal government | United States | North Dakota

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