Designing Management Strategies that Integrate Stakeholder Beliefs and Scientific Models: A Case Study of Lake Lanier
Beck, M. B.
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This work focuses on the role of stakeholder involvement in water resources decision making. It builds upon a methodology developed for integrating stakeholder beliefs and preferences with scientific modeling of lake ecosystem processes, and is part of a larger study involving the application of integrated assessment models to water resource management. We identify four different management practices - means, ends, scenarios, and targeted scenarios -- and examine their strengths and weaknesses. This element of the project studies types of lake management at Lake Sidney Lanier. It also explores the benefits of stakeholder involvement in management of an impounded water source facing rapid development pressures. Inclusion of local community values into this modeling framework allows for a more place-based approach in the decision-making process.