Water professionals and water policy in the Black Hills region

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Edited by: Eloise Kendy


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A case study approach based on examples from the Black Hills region is used to evaluate the role of water professionals in developing feasible and fair public policy involving water resources. Examples presented include a long-term hydrologic investigation in the Black Hills, a local wellhead protection program, issues being addressed by a local flood management commission, coordination of definitions of beneficial stream uses by two state agencies, water-quality problems related to rapid population increase in a rural area, and impacts of potential climate change on water resources. In some of these examples, the hydrologic work was separated from policy making to ensure neutrality. In other examples, involvement of the hydrologists and water resource engineers directly benefited policy development. Opportunities for increased effectiveness were observed in most of the examples.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Water professionals and water policy in the Black Hills region
Year Published 1999
Language English
Publisher American Water Resources Association
Publisher location Bethesda, MD
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Science into policy: water in the public realm: proceedings, specialty conference, June 30-July 2, 1999, Bozeman, Montana
First page 15
Last page 20
Conference Title Science into policy: water in the public realm
Conference Location Bozeman, MT
Conference Date June 30-July 2, 1999
Country United States
State South Dakota, Wyoming
Other Geospatial Black Hills
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