Posted by: Bob Payne | August 5, 2011

Adaptive management means never having to say you’re sorry

The words “adaptive management” appear in almost every planning and policy document for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Indeed, under state law, habitat conservation plans such as the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) are obligated to include an adaptive management plan. But what does this really mean? So far, not much. Most “adaptive management” – in the Delta and elsewhere – hasn’t adapted or managed very effectively. Adaptive management has mostly been a hopeful, but largely unsubstantiated, promise to fix things later.


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