Georgia Water/Best Practices/Planning

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Best Practices in Water Resources Planning

Overview of Planning[edit]

In general, planning is analysis to identify a "best" set of actions to attain a more desirable future for someone (some intended beneficiary). Planning analyses vary in scope, scale and level of detail, according to:

  • who is the intended beneficiary (ex: a country, a community, a business, an individual)
  • what types of future conditions are desired
  • what range of actions will be considered for attaining the future conditions.

Generic Problem to be Solved[edit]

In general, planning analyses are initiated because someone (possibly the intended beneficiary) perceives that planning is needed. That is, someone perceives a "problem" (that the future condition is not likely to meet expectations) or someone perceives an "opportunity" (that the future condition could be better if some actions were taken).

Generic Planning Issues[edit]

Types of Planning[edit]

Comprehensive MultiSector Regional Planning[edit]

  • Energy planning
  • Transportation planning
  • Recreation planning
  • Biodiversity planning
  • Forest planning
  • Food planning
  • Economic planning
  • Urban planning

Integrated Regional Water Resources Planning[edit]

  • River basin planning
  • State water plans

Single-Purpose Regional Water Resources Planning[edit]

  • Water supply
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Water quality and nonpoint source management
  • Flood management and storm damage reduction
  • Navigation
  • Fish and Wildlife
  • Recreation
  • Hydropower generation

Water Project Planning[edit]