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Watershed ecology -- Pacific Northwest, Hydrodynamics


The City of Portland and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service are working together, along with citizens, to formulate a comprehensive new policy to guide joint management of the Bull Run watershed at Mt. Hood National Forest. This process has brought about four decades of conflict, resulting from differences between the federal view of multiple use and the local view of exclusive use for producing high quality water. The new policy is being formulated by the City of Portland and the Forest Service through negotiation of a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding that structures the parties’ roles, responsibilities, business processes, and working relationships. In this research project, I will examine the roles of planners as either being mediators or negotiators on the conflict issue. More specifically, planners’ roles toward collective conflict issues in urban affairs will be reviewed and evaluated in my research.


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