Unique features of the Colorado Plateau include aridity and the associated importance of water, topographic control on local ecosystems, large urban centers on the periphery but none within the region, and a combination of resource-extraction industries and tourism. Potential constraints to EM are conflicts in the legislative and administrative framework, inadequate staffing and funding of the agencies, insufficient communication among elements of the public, and the difficulty of achieving large number of monitoring and research sites, abundance of data, grass-roots ties to the land, and agency commitment. Needs for implementation are definition of EM, implementation initiated at the local level, and an atmosphere of trust and open communication.
Schmidt, John C. and Rushmore, Barbara R.
"Think-tanking the challenges in three regions: The Colorado Plateau,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 5, Article 12.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol5/iss1/12