Environmental Flows, Political Dams
Public & Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dallas Blaney
Public & Environmental Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: May 01, 2013; Accepted Date: June 28, 2013; Published Date: July 03, 2013
Citation: Blaney D (2013) Environmental Flows, Political Dams. J Pol Sci Pub Aff 1:105. doi:10.4172/2332-0761.1000105
Copyright: © 2013 Blaney D. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In 2005, a group of water resource experts issued a statement cajoling decision-makers to privilege the needs of nature in their water management strategies. In effect, their Brisbane Declaration popularized the idea of environmental flows, a concept that focuses attention on the quantity, quality and timing of water required to sustain a dependent ecosystem. In this essay I ask how well this concept has held up against the political pressures of popularity. To this end, I examine the various meanings inscribed on the concept of environmental flows as it has traveled across time and space. My findings uncover a few observations regarding the need for greater attentiveness to concept management. The findings also reveal a few surprising revelations about the forces at work behind conceptual alteration and the prospects of militating against these forces in our current global condition of heightened economic anxiety.