Institute for Water Resources


Shared Vision Planning

SVP Method - Step 7

Exercise and Update the Plan

Shared vision models can be used in years following the initial study to exercise and possibly update the plan so that it remains workable.

Critical Difference:  Periodic exercises of the plan for a range of operational conditions ensure that the plan is implemented as designed and is updated based on new information.

Example from the National Drought Study

The NDS found that a plan needs to be exercised to remain effective and relevant. To that end, a virtual drought exercise was held in Tacoma, Washington, on August 4, 1993, as part of the Cedar and Green River Basins Drought Preparedness Studies. This exercise was well received and showed that virtual exercises can keep a resource-management plan current and familiar to stakeholders.

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