17 Jun 2013

Water managers work for you

...but sometimes they do not remember that fact.

The Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch ministry in charge of water infrastructure and water management) emphasizes that fact at the same time as it acknowledges staff discretion* with the following:
  • Be responsible
  • Be independent
  • Be reliable
  • Be careful
The Rijkswaterstaat also holds an annual "Integrity Day" to keep the message fresh by going over examples of where staff made decisions in compliance with these guidelines (and perhaps in conflict with personal or outside pressures to do otherwise).

* In my papers, I have explored how water managers are selfish like us [pdf], how they destroyed sustainability in Southern California, and how bureaucrats (in general) with discretion will serve the public good when they want to.

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