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Main Title Decision Processes in Water Quality Management.
CORP Author Engineering Science, Inc., Oakland, Calif. Research and Development Lab.
Year Published 1971
Report Number DI-14-31-0001-3163; OWRR-C-1736(3163); 11643,; C-1736(3163)(1)
Stock Number PB-202 406
Additional Subjects ( Water supply ; Management methods) ; ( Decision making ; Water quality) ; Data processing ; Attitudes ; Mathematical models ; Computer programming ; Environmental engineering ; Role playing ; Research ; California ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-202 406 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 155p
Various techniques of social system research were combined with simulation modeling of water quality decision-making in the State of California. Focus of the study was on the description of the informal interactions which actually govern decision-making, particularly in regards to regional-state interaction. Time-based behavior, and feedbacks between the social and technical sectord, are taken as important parameters governing overall system behavior. The conflict between long-term and short-term objectives is examined. A behavioral exercise, involving role-playing techniques conducted with members of the California regional water quality control boards, is described in detail. Conclusions are drawn relating to long-term environmental management, and with respect to the nature and ethics of conducting social system research in environmental management. A model environmental management system, incorporating an institutionalization of the adversary process, is presented. (Author)