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Water Management, Science and Technology Section 

Water Management, Science and Technology

Water is life. Water security, quality and safety are just some of the deeply challenging issues facing communities, governments and industry and the tools they choose to use to manage rivers, aquifers, estuaries and seas. Although governments seek to manage in an integrated way, these interconnected bodies of vital substance are often governed and managed separately, thus leading to over-allocation, over-abstraction and conflict. Furthermore, conflicts between what appear to be incompatible values for water are intensifying as governments try to intervene to claw-back allocations and impose resources limits. We are also seeing inadequate infrastructure and preparation for climate change affecting highly populated cities as they contend with unprecedented, and often unexpected, floods while others are increasingly facing supply disruption. While these issues and challenges appear insurmountable, interventions are fostering new ways to address water management (e.g. community-led collaboration rather than regulation, market initiatives, land use stewardship programs, water re-use technologies and systems). The Water Management, Science & Technology Section of Case Studies in the Environment seeks to showcase case studies of creative initiatives in water management, in particular those that link governing with science and technologies in a range of institutional and infrastructural contexts and locations.



Engaging Science for Inclusive Water Governance: A Q&A with environmental anthropologist Heather O’Leary

A Q&A with Heather Lukacs, program director at an environmental justice non-profit organization and coauthor of “Risk, Uncertainty, and Institutional Failure in the 2014 West Virginia Chemical Spill”


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