We are working together to dramatically increase the amount of information available to address complex flood plain issues. The information will be understandable, dependable, comprehensive and well-communicated. Our process will be inclusive and open, and we will work hard to foster better communication between non-technical audiences and ourselves.
Our commitment is grounded in these beliefs:
- River policy decisions and management actions should respect both public and private interests.
- Floodplain policy and management should be pro-active, not reactive.
- Many past practices and policies related to rivers and their floodplains supported narrowly defined goals and objectives. Today, floodplain communities and stakeholders seek broader, multi-purpose and multi-value approaches to river management and policy-making. With effective input from everyone involved, floodplains can be managed to support human benefits without jeopardizing the capacity of rivers to support natural resources (e.g. water quality, fish, wildlife).
- Society can’t have it all. An understanding of interactions between river economics and ecosystem resilience is vital to knowing which trade-offs are feasible.
- Scientists and economists can and should work together to understand these interactions, and to communicate them to non-technical audiences in a “values-neutral,” more trustworthy way.