Environmental Conflict Resolution by Water Utilities: Applications and Lessons Learned
Political Science and International Affairs
This article gives basic information about environmental conflict resolution (ECR) processes, discusses why and how to apply them in the context of a water utility, and provides an in-depth example of collaborative watershed management in north Georgia. The ECR trend is the result, at least in part, of the growing realization that most natural resources are better managed at the resource level than they are at the level of political jurisdictions.
By working collaboratively to monitor, assess, and protect water resources at the watershed level, it is possible to benefit from an efficiency of production that does not exist at the level of individual water and sewer authorities. This will also have a deeper, more holistic, protective effect on the water resource itself. Instead of undertaking piecemeal efforts that have questionable benefits, resources can be managed more effectively.
Journal -- American Water Works Association
Raines, Susan S. and Kubala, David. "Environmental Conflict Resolution by Water Utilities: Applications and Lessons Learned." Journal of the American Water Works Association 103.6 (2011) 61-70.