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Urban Land use -- Planning -- Decision making, Transportation -- Planning -- Metropolitan areas, Transportation -- United States -- Decision making, Land use -- Government policy, Public policy -- Decision making


In July 2002, the National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) hosted a colloquium for people involved in watershed collaborations, academics, and other experts from government and non-profit organizations. Its aim was to identify lessons learned from successful watershed initiatives, and to develop recommendations for governors and other state officials on ways to enhance the use and effectiveness of watershed partnerships. This report is an outgrowth of that conference.

Studies on watershed collaborations are beginning to identify what makes them successful and what some of the barriers are to greater success. For example, contrary to the fears of some observers, successful collaborations do not shy away from controversial issues.

Drawing on a growing list of best practices and lessons learned from experiences across the country, state officials and local partners can be better assured of successful outcomes in collaborative watershed management initiatives.


A product of the National Policy Consensus Center, part of the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.

Text by Langdon Marsh.

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