The May 2011 issue of AWRA's Water Resources IMPACT, guest-edited by yours truly, is devoted to Integrated Water Resources Management: The Emperor's New Clothes or Indispensable Process? If that title sounds familiar, it is also the title of AWRA's Summer Specialty Conference, chaired by yours truly.
The IMPACT issue features six short articles on IWRM as well as other articles; view the Table of Contents.
Download the entire issue as a PDF: Download IMPACT_IWRM_May2011
“IWRM is easy to talk about but hard to implement.” – Unknown
So said an anonymous worker in Latin America. What exactly is Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)? According to the Global Water Partnership, IWRM is a “process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources in order to maximize the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.” Based on this definition, an IWRM approach should include just about everything. It’s a holistic approach that provides some indication of why it is hard to implement in the field.
The six articles in this issue, which serves as a prelude to AWRA’s Summer Specialty Conference, explore various facets of IWRM. We hope to whet your appetite so that you will join us in Snowbird, Utah, June 27-29. Who knows? The Emperor may be there, new clothes and all!
3 Integrated Water Resources Management: Bringing It All Together ... Kenneth F. Najjar & Carol R. Collier
So why is IWRM so hard? Why has it advanced so slowly and typically only at the conceptual level? The authors explore the obstacles to integrated management, review the flip side to demonstrate the opportunities for improved water resource outcomes, and present case studies.
9 California’s IRWM Program: A Regional Framework for Integrated Water Resources Management ... Alyson Watson, Rosalyn Prickett, Ali Taghavi, & Thomas West
Nearly ten years ago, California started implementing integrated regional water planning, known as Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning. The authors describe this unique approach to water resources planning and the lessons learned.
14 Integrated Water Resources Management and Impact at the Community Level in Rwanda ... Stephanie Ogden
The author’s task was to critically examine Rwanda’s implementation of IWRM. She went to the field to see first hand IWRM on the ground, and reports what she found.
17 The Use of Collaborative Modeling in Decision Making for IWRM ... Guillermo F. Mendoza & Hal E. Cardwell
Does modeling have a role in the implementation of IWRM? The authors answer in the affirmative, and illustrate that collaborative modeling is a powerful, practical, and tested tool to implement
IWRM at the river basin level.
21 The International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM): New Opportunities for Scientists, Engineers, Managers, and Planners to Engage With UNESCO ... Robert A. Pietrowsky, Eugene Z. Stakiv, & William S. Logan
The authors describe the creation and mission of ICIWaRM, a new UNESCO center based in the United States that will promote IWRM and international opportunities for water resources professionals.
25 Managing One Water ... Benjamin H. Grumbles
The author describes the concept of One Water, the new mantra of urban water leaders that is analogous to IWRM as it prescribes a unified approach to water management. Does it work? Read about the efforts of Los Angeles and New York City.
Thanks to Eric Fitch, Associate Editor; Earl Spangenberg, Editor-in-Chief; Charlene Young, Director of Publications Production; and Dick Engberg, Technical Director.
See you in Snowbird!
"We all have to work for water. We all know how precious it is. No one wastes water, except for children who don't know better." -- Rwandan woman, quoted in Stephanie Ogden's article