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Guest Blog | Water Management and Decision-Making

Water Management in the Western US – Competing Needs and the Decision-Making Process
by Steve Moncaster

Steve Moncaster is the Supply Demand Strategy Manager for Anglian Water, a regional water and water recycling company in the east of England. Mr. Moncaster is travelling in the US on a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The Trust was established in memory of Sir Winston and is dedicated to exchanging ideas and best practice between different peoples and cultures.


The purpose of my visit is to meet with water resource professionals in the western states to discuss current and emerging issues related to the management, conservation and use of water resources. My aim is to learn how the competing needs for water are being managed and how different stakeholders are coming together to develop reliable, affordable and sustainable systems of water supply. From the lessons I learn, I hope to improve the way that strategic water resource planning is undertaken in the UK. This includes increasing stakeholder participation in the key decision-making processes and enhancing the quality and robustness of the resulting strategies and plans. Read More...