Stakeholder participation and engagement in water resource management

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Water Resources Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 47
Organizers: Barbara Quimby
Chairs: Barbara Quimby

Call for Submissions

Stakeholder participation is a growing priority in approaches to water management and sustainability, presenting many challenges and opportunities. We welcome papers that broadly address all aspects of stakeholder engagement, participatory governance, and interactions between communities and water resource managers. Topics include, but are not limited to, forming community coalitions to address water scarcity or water quality issues, conflicts between agriculture and urban water use, participatory modeling and engaging stakeholders in developing scientific tools for water management, cross-scale institutions and interactions, or other scenarios in which water users are part of policy-making, scientific research, management decisions, or community activism that addresses local or regional water issues.
Please contact Barbara Quimby ( if you have any preliminary ideas or questions. Interested participants should email a copy of their abstract and program information number (PIN) by November 16, 2020.


Increasing the participation of local communities in efforts to manage water resources is widely seen as beneficial and critical for creating more sustainable outcomes. Integrating local and traditional knowledge into biophysical models and maps, raising community awareness and education, changing water use behaviors, developing trust and transparency in management processes, and improving equity and justice for resource users are all common goals of local involvement. However, achieving these goals takes high investments of time and effort, with inconsistent results. This session addresses the challenges and opportunities of stakeholder participation in freshwater management, planning, and governance.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Barbara Quimby*, Arizona State University, Marie Bear, Arizona State University, USDA, Clinton Williams, USDA, Amber Wutich, Arizona State University, Stakeholder Engagement and Participatory Modeling for Water and Agriculture in the Verde Valley, Arizona 15 3:05 PM
Presenter Noel Vineyard*, , Collaborative Governance and Stakeholder Consciousness in Central Oregon’s Deschutes Basin 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Aysha Peterson*, , Michelaina Johnson*, UCSC, Vivian Underhill*, UC Santa Cruz, Overdrafted Promises: Mandating Stakeholder Engagement and Sustainability in Groundwater Governance in California 15 3:35 PM
Presenter Robert E. Mace*, Texas State University - San Marcos, Stakeholder Engagement in Water Resource Decisions in Texas 15 3:50 PM
Presenter Sarah Esenther*, Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Assessment of Enterococcal Levels in Marine Bathing Water: Navigating Collaboration between Academia, Local Government, and Neighborhood Residents 15 4:05 PM

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