The key players (i.e., regulators, municipalities, industrial and agricultural users, environmental advocates) each face institutional constraints that hamper their ability to address water problems outside their immediate organizational roles. The solution is often the formation of large collaborative groups without the authority and tools to implement specific projects. Frequently they lack the focused, nimble structures to implement projects in a timely, cost-effective manner and to adapt to real-time change.
The majority of the money allocated to water issues goes through existing regulatory agencies and municipal governments because they have the systems to accomplish projects; however, many of them also have well-defined missions that place some needed projects outside of their key organizational priorities.
Key collaboration tools are missing, which hampers decision making and the core understanding needed to identify, design and implement resilient and timely solutions. Data, documents, and studies need to be easy to locate and access, readily available to inform decisions, new studies and other projects. Information needs to be presented in concise, transparent formats that invite speculation. Collaborative, informed discussions need to travel with the information to keep it both current and real