Title

Environmental Conflict Resolution by Water Utilities: Applications and Lessons Learned

Department

Political Science and International Affairs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2011

Abstract

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

Journal -- American Water Works Association

Journal ISSN

0003-150X

Volume

13

Issue

6

First Page

61

Last Page

70