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This is a collection of papers by Professor Emeritus Leonard B. Dworsky.


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    "Add Water and Stir:" Reflections of Leonard B. Dworsky
    Dworsky, Leonard B. (Universities Council on Water Resources, 2002-03)
    An autobiography by the author describing his 64-year career in both government and industry, working on issues relating to water resources management, water quality, and water pollution. He describes congressional legislation and the efforts by federal, state, and local officials to manage water resources.
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    Western Water Policy Review Advisory Committee: An Opportunity Not To Be Lost
    Dworsky, Leonard B.; Allee, David J. (Universities Council on Water Resources, 1998)
    From the time of George Washington the American political system has struggled over whether management and administration of natural resources should be made at the national level, or at the state, regional, or local level. A graduate seminar at Cornell University in 1996 shows that centralized federal effort to plan for water and resources have not succeeded, but the benefits of comprehensive planning and management can be successfully merged into the 'real world' of federal decision making without major changes.
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    Has the Time Come to Regulate Farmers: We Already Do, But How Do We Decide What Is Enough, How Clean is Clean
    Dworsky, Leonard B.; Allee, David J. (Universities Council on Water Resources, 1992)
    The wetlands issue appears to be the major focus of the farm groups who argue that restraints on the drainage of wet soils restrict output and world competitiveness in a major way for a negligible return in habitat and water quality improvement. Political stability on the wetland issue may be very hard to achieve given the very large potential capital gains from non-farmland development and the long standing animosity between waterfowl enthusiasts and farm groups. At the larger system level, the North American Migratory Water Fowl Plan responds to the relevant treaties and serves as a focal point for some impressive private support groups. The idea of municipalities trading pollution reduction opportunities with farmers who can achieve goals for streams more cheaply may provide incentives for innovation. A number of states have experimented with adding regulatory features to their conservation efforts in the name of water quality. The future expectation is that for the immediate future, state and local developments will probably take the lead in terms of innovations in regulation.
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    Building the Institutional Memory for Federal Water Pollution Control Policy: Shared Goals and Incrementalism Define Trends
    Dworsky, Leonard B.; Allee, David J. (Universities Council on Water Resources, 1992)
    The reauthorization of the Clean Water Act of 1972, as amended, will be built on twenty years of national experience with that Act. Tasks ahead for the nation to revitalize planning and, thus, water quality policy that appropriately build on the historical base include, (1) the completion of the secondary treatment requirement as the equitable and attainable floor for waste reduction; (2) expanding the supplementation of that policy by implementing standards using appropriate risk management oriented criteria; and (3) plan for and implement a policy of higher water quality in appropriate basins and watersheds throughout the United States; (4) recognize the indispensable ingredient in planning that it is a process of fashioning political commitment on the part of a variety of interest groups, agencies and units of government that affect and benefit from pollution management in those basins and watersheds and not primarily a technical design process; (5) continue to expand the nonpoint source management institution building into a variety of programs of other agencies and non-water quality parts of US EPA; and (6) greatly expand the efforts to build capacity in the smallest governments who serve a majority of the landscape needing protection.