Swimming Upstream

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  • Copyright: 2005-05-01
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
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In recent years, water resource management in the United States has begun a shift away from top-down, government agency-directed decision processes toward a collaborative approach of negotiation and problem solving. Rather than focusing on specific pollution sources or specific areas within a watershed, this new process considers the watershed as a whole, seeking solutions to an interrelated set of social, economic, and environmental problems. Decision making involves face-to-face negotiations among a variety of stakeholders, including federal, state, and local agencies, landowners, environmentalists, industries, and researchers. Swimming Upstreamanalyzes the collaborative approach by providing a historical overview of watershed management in the United States and a normative and empirical conceptual framework for understanding and evaluating the process. The bulk of the book looks at a variety of collaborative watershed planning projects across the country. It first examines the applications of relatively short-term collaborative strategies in Oklahoma and Texas, exploring issues of trust and legitimacy. It then analyzes factors affecting the success of relatively long-term collaborative partnerships in the National Estuary Program and in 76 watersheds in Washington and California. Bringing analytical rigor to a field that has been dominated by practitioners' descriptive accounts, Swimming Upstreammakes a vital contribution to public policy, public administration, and environmental management.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii
Preface xi
Contributors xv
I Watershed Management Approaches in the United States 1(82)
1 Collaborative Approaches to Watershed Management
Paul A. Sabatier, Will Focht, Mark Lubell, Zev Trachtenberg, Arnold Vedlitz, and Marty Matlock
2 Eras of Water Management in the United States: Implications for Collaborative Watershed Approaches
Paul A. Sabatier, Chris Weible, and Jared Ficker
3 Legitimacy and Watershed Collaborations: The Role of Public Participation
Zev Trachtenberg and Will Focht
II Collaborative Engagement Processes in Watersheds 83(88)
4 A Trust-Based Guide to Stakeholder Participation
Will Focht and Zev Trachtenberg
5 Citizen Participation and Representation in Collaborative Engagement Processes
Charles D. Samuelson, Arnold Vedlitz, Guy D. Whitten, Marty-Matlock, Letitia T. Alston, Tarla Rai Peterson, and Susan J. Gilbertz
III Measuring and Explaining the Success of Watershed Partnerships 171(88)
6 Theoretical Frameworks Explaining Partnership Success
Paul A. Sabatier, William D. Leach, Mark Lubell, and Neil W. Pelkey
7 Do Watershed Partnerships Enhance Beliefs Conducive to Collective Action?
Mark Lubell
8 Are Trust and Social Capital the Keys to Success? Watershed Partnerships in California and Washington
William D. Leach and Paul A. Sabatier
IV Conclusions 259(38)
9 Conclusions and Recommendations
Mark Lubell, Paul A. Sabatier, Arnold Vedlitz, Will Focht, Zev Trachtenberg, and Marty Matlock
References 297(22)
Index 319

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