Worldview-Based Scenarios Highlight Stakeholder Values and Assumptions

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Rueter, John
Lakes -- Management -- Social aspects; Lake restoration; Lakes -- Effects of human beings on; Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment; Environmental Monitoring
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In lake management, we have the privilege and responsibility to work with the public on highly visible resources. Everybody has an opinion based on his or her personal values and observations. While we might sometimes consider this plethora of value statements as the bane of our existence, we all realize that public engagement is crucial for the health and future of lakes. Poor lake health is often caused by many little insults that stem from a wide range of legitimate views for how the lake should be treated as a resource. We need a framework to be able to deal with these differing values and assumptions for how lakes should be managed.