Planning is a sterile effort if it does not produce a viable procedure for reaching its objectives. Our political process is presently atuned to crisis reaction, producing short-range decisions and simplistic solutions to problems which often serve to confuse and delay the adoptions of hard viable solutions. The control of water quality is a noble objective in itself; however, the need for it is symptomatic of a much deeper and profound disease that must be cured or prevented before a completely successful water quality control program can be achieved. The disease is that of "living beyond our resource means." To overcome such a disease, the national objectives should be to: (1) Minimize natural resource waste; (2) protect the public health and ecosystems; (3) provide for a system of control that has a practical probability of being achieved; and (4) provide for a positive decision-making process that leads to the rapid consumation of the objectives previously stated.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the ASCE Specialty Conference on Planning for Water Quality Management, Ithaca, N.Y., June 26-28, 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Krause, K S
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

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  • Accession Number: 00096116
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASCE 11200 Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM