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Rivers Among Us

Local Watershed Preservation and Resource

Michael Harrington and Christopher A. Hartwell
October 1, 1999

Executive Summary

Watershed resource management initiatives are benefiting from a new perspective in state and local environmental management that emphasizes:

One or more of these elements have contributed to the success of noteworthy watershed cases:

Several lessons can be gleaned from these watershed-management initiatives:

While each of the initiatives explored in this study had logistic or political problems, by relying on a more decentralized system, taking advantage of local concerns, and utilizing incentives for involvement, these watershed initiatives represent a major step towards more cooperative, results-focused environmental policy that incorporates local values, local knowledge, and enhances private stewardship.


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