You probably have your 'favorite' WWP - mine is the California Bay-Delta morass.
Friend, colleague, AWRA Board member and MWH Global facilitator extraordinaire Lisa Beutler presented her ideas on these vexing dilemmas at the recent Arizona Water Resources Research Center's 2016 Annual Conference.
Here is her PPT as a PDF: Download BEUTLER
Here is her video (click here for the link), Solutions to Wicked Problems at a Massive Scale: The California Water Crisis:
Here is her article (starts on page 3) in the summer issue of Arizona Water Resource:
The first two paragraphs of her article follow:
It’s a rare day when western water managers don’t check the weather. A de ning feature of this geographic region of the United States is a lack of precipitation. A second feature is great faith by its people in a technical solution to whatever problem a lack of rain creates.
Long before Europeans arrived, predecessors to the Hohokam people migrated from central Mexico to southern Arizona, bringing domesticated crops and their knowledge of irrigation with them. Their descendants constructed networks of diversion dikes to capture runoff rainwater and cultivate elds. Mission priests expanded and enhanced the historic systems, building new rock dams and small earthen reservoirs. In 1902, the U.S. Reclamation Service (later changed to Bureau of Reclamation) was created to advance a federal effort of “irrigation works for the storage, diversion and development of waters”— to irrigate arid and semiarid lands in 16 Western states and territories.
If anyone can solve wicked water problems, it's Lisa.
Thanks to Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the WRRC, for sending me this information.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever." - Gandhi (thanks to Pat Reid)