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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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No study is an island.

This tool ensures that you reach everyone you need to and helps avoid problems. Networking with decisionmakers and publics early on helps cut down on surprises later.

Employees in other studies and offices may have some relevant experience or may know of a related process, thus providing a more global outlook. Networking is particularly helpful when trying to work with controversial projects in a hostile environment. Teams need to become a part of the community they are trying to serve.


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Networking is really communicating: providing, sharing, and receiving information. Make sure that people who are relevant to the process are involved: decisionmakers, interested and affected publics, and other Reclamation employees. Newsletters, updates, open meetings, informal chats, and interviews help keep everyone connected.

Often, groups that are either physically, psychologically, or socially isolated may lose touch with the conditions and level of public perception. Consider bringing representatives into your group or going to those groups. Bridging the gap may provide new perspectives that can build working relationships and consent, give overall views, and even detect unseen flaws. Network with even the most severe critics.

Network with people who:

  • Have ideas, specialized knowledge, or related experience
  • Can provide a stimulus
  • Come from various backgrounds and perspectives
  • Are affected by any proposed changes, the problem, or proposed alternatives.
  • Will provide the required decisions
  • Will implement the decision


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