The Role of Interorganizational Networks in TMDL Implementation Planning
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This project is a review and analysis of a regional, interorganizational approach to a specific water quality protection planning initiative. The rise of interorganizational approaches to planning, policy making, and project implementation is a current phenomenon noted by many scholars and practitioners. The network approach is being applied, formally and informally, to many of the problems facing society today including economic development, public safety, transportation, and a wide range of social services. Also, due to the broad scope and complexities of many natural resource issues, it is becoming a favored approach among natural resource academicians and professionals. This project is an attempt to better understand how these emerging approaches, involving extensive networks of various types of organizations, work when applied to The Clean Water Act's Total Maximum Daily Load program implementation. It focuses on how this federal-level mandate gets implemented at the local level and how local organizations can optimize a cooperative process to meet these requirements.