We will build upon our original set of planning problems and objectives. In this exercise, you are to use the topics and approaches that we have been discussing to expand upon our initial efforts to develop clear, accurate, and appropriate problem descriptions, planning objectives, and constraints.
First, identify the problems and opportunities that face Fairweather. Consider all that you know about the setting. This includes knowledge of recent droughts, pending negotiations on fish flow requirements, and their desire to develop a politically acceptable plan that will include a wider and more knowledgeable audience. You can assume that the purveyors that receive water from Fairweather are dissatisfied with the reliability with which they are receiving water from the city and are considering other sources of water. You can also assume the "safe yield" of the system has come under question because of the two recent droughts.
Next, formulate planning objectives to address the challenges faced by Fairweather and identify whose interests are represented by each objective. The planning objectives should clearly state what is to be accomplished, where the impacts will be felt, and when or how often the objective will be achieved. You should NOT, under any circumstances, state HOW the objective will be achieved. These planning objectives should be considerably more clear and refined than your earlier attempts. Finally, identify any constraints associated with the opportunities and the objectives. Note the "level of flexibility" associated with each. Distinguish between physical constraints, management constraints, and political constraints. Note constraints that come to mind that may be more perceived constraints than real. If real, discuss the prospects of and approaches to change or eliminate the constraints. If perceived, suggest how these limiting perceptions could be eliminated.