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Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning by NRC pdf free download

Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning by NRC pdf free download. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a rich tradition of developing and employing civil engineering methods to help meet the nation’s navigation, flood protection, and other water resources-related needs. Its traditions are embodied in its motto “Essayons,” a French term meaning “Let us try.” However, growing concerns over unanticipated environmental consequences of Corps civil works projects, changing national policies and preferences regarding the environment, and a congressionally expanded mission in the realm of ecosystem restoration left the Corps at the end of the twentieth century seeking to address competing demands in a complex and rapidly-changing world.

Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning by NRC pdf free download

In response to this new challenge, Chief of Engineers Lt. General Robert Flowers announced at the dedication of a Mississippi River diversion project in Louisiana in March 2002 a set of new environmental operating principles to guide the Corps in all of its work. These principles include, among others, to achieve environmental sustainability; to recognize the interdependence of life and the physical environment, seeking balance and synergy among human development activities and natural systems; to seek ways to assess and mitigate cumulative impacts on the environment and bring systems approaches to the full life cycle of Corps processes and work; and to build and share an integrated knowledge base that supports a greater understanding of the environment and impacts of Corps activities.

Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning by NRC pdf free download

These are sound principles for guidance but they pose implementation and operations challenges. Sustainability is hard to define. Interactions among human activities and natural systems are complex and synergies are elusive. Consequently, objectives are not always clear and uncertainties about outcomes are frequently great. Knowledge can and should be built upon, but understanding of natural systems is often incoherent and diffuse.

Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning by NRC pdf free download

It is just such conditions that led to the development of adaptive management as a concept and approach to allow managers to take action in the face of uncertainties, to enhance scientific knowledge and reduce uncertainties, and to craft management regimes that respond to, and even take advantage of, unanticipated events. The Corps of Engineers has been incorporating adaptive management into some of its activities, particularly large-scale ecosystem restoration activities such as those in the Everglades.

Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning by NRC pdf free download

However, the practice is young, and options for its application in a wider range of Corps works are little explored. For example, the Corps today finds itself in the middle of several pointed planning and management controversies. In some instances reviewed in this study, the Corps has been involved in planning or “reoperations” studies that have extended over decades in an operating environment that confounds clear and decisive management actions.

Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning by NRC pdf free download

Adaptive management approaches offers one path forward. Our panel assessed ways in which adaptive management might usefully be applied in Corps project planning and operations as part of a broader study conducted in response to a directive from Congress in Section 216 of the 2000 Water Resources Development Act. Section 216 directed the National Academy of Sciences to review the Corps’ peer review procedures and its methods of analysis.

Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning by NRC pdf free download

In response, the National Research Council (NRC) appointed four study panels and a coordinating committee. Separate panel reports on review procedures within the U.S. Corps of Engineers, analytical methods, and river basin and coastal systems planning were published in addition to this report on adaptive management. The coordinating committee prepared an overarching report, based in part on the individual panel reports.

Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning by NRC pdf free download

Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning by NRC pdf free download


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