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This information is intended to convey the underlying concepts for Reclamation's decision processes. It is not mandatory.
See the Reclamation Manual for official Reclamation-wide requirements.

Reclamation's Decision Process Guide


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Technical vs. Social Issues

American expect technology to solve every problem, when in most instances, problems originate with people.

In decisions that really matter, the bulk of the issue is social and political while a small amount is technical. We spend a lot of time developing technology when the decision will really be based on support and acceptance . Technological obstacles are often easier to overcome than public opposition. Public trust , participation , and confidence are essential to a strong foundation.

Your work with people's values*definition, needs*definition and what is important to them will determine long-term, sustainable*definition success or failure.

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(See what happens when people want to change things.)

A purely technical solution will not work if it doesn't meet people's needs. People need to continue to support the solution. Incorporate social, organizational, and other institutions into your solution.


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We can go in and make water run uphill. The question is, will people accept this or go running after us with a court order.

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Please contact Deena Larsen 303-445-2584 with questions or comments on this material.