The Role of Governance in Shaping Freshwater Management in America: Toward Integrated Resources Planning

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Freshwater is one of the world’s most precious resources, and managing it sustainably is a critically important goal. Fresh water and healthy aquatic ecosystems provide valuable services that society has come to depend on. While many factors determine the outcomes of freshwater management in the U.S., the aim of this paper is to examine the extent to which we can attribute these outcomes to the operation and evolution of governance systems. In this paper, we refer to “governance” as the steering influence of the rules, decision making processes, and incentives provided by both governmental and non-governmental actors, including the private sector and civil society.

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