A mixed-methods approach to assessing success in transitioning water management institutions: A case study of the Platte River Basin, Nebraska

Christina Hoffman Babbitt, Mark Burbach, Lisa Pennisi

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Abstract

To address increasing conflicts between surface water and groundwater users, the state of Nebraska has adopted a more localized and integrated approach in managing water resources. Integrated approaches offer promise in better managing connected water resources within the state; however, little review of the potential benefits and/or challenges of these actions has been conducted. This case study uses both qualitative and quantitative data collection efforts to take an in-depth look at how this new and innovative management system is working through the eyes of stakeholders living and working in the basin. Data collection reveals that overall the current water management system is working relatively well, even though it is still in its infancy. However, the system could be further improved by ensuring all that stakeholder interests are represented, providing increased opportunities to participate, and continuing to work toward more holistic and proactive water management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number54
JournalEcology and Society
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Common pool resources
  • Governance
  • Integrated water resources management
  • Mixed-methods research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology

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