Masters Thesis

Water policy and prosperity in Humboldt County

This project is a study of the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan in Humboldt County, focusing on how the processes of plan development, integration and stakeholder coordination affect prosperity. The State of California is promoting the development of Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plans with a broad range of environmental, social and economic goals and priorities. Integrated water management is based on the cooperation and coordination of government, business and nongovernmental stakeholders and projects to establish goals and to develop and implement strategies which are integrated, provide multiple benefits and optimize the use of resources to achieve the goals. This research project evaluates the compatibility of this integrated regional approach to water policy with Humboldt County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), also known as the “Prosperity” strategy.