Public Involvement Techniques: A Reader of Ten Years Experience at the Institute for Water Resource
ARMY ENGINEER INST FOR WATER RESOURCES FORT BELVOIR VA
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The Institute for Water Resources IWR, like most governmental entities, found the seventies were a decade of challenge. IWR is an interdisciplinary research center which, through staff studies or funding of studies by consultants, provides policy guidance and research and development in the area of water resources planning to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. As such, IWR played a considerable role in shaping the Corps of Engineers adaption to the 1970s. It was a decade of challenge, but it was also a decade of contribution in which IWR was able to contribute substantially to policy and procedures which resulted in a more adequate balancing of economic, environmental, and social values in water resources decision making. Central to this contribution was IWRs work in public involvement. The genesis for this reader was two-fold A recognition that a great deal of material had been developed for IWR-sponsored training programs which many practioners inside and outside government believed represented an important contribution to the field of public involvement, and therefore deserved publication and, A desire to provide recognition to IWRs contribution to the field over the field over the past decade.
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