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Recent studies have shown a crisis of confidence in government. To remedy this lack of trust, governmental departments have sought to identify the forms of communication that promote government-public relationships. Citizen participation allows for democratic participation in the development of public policy.
The newly enacted Clean Water Responsibility and Environmentally Sound Policy Act (H.B. 515) includes a section concerning the role of stakeholders in the approval of water quality models. This requires that nutrient limits be substantiated by the application of a calibrated water quality model developed with participation of stakeholders. The new role for stakeholders is consistent with the recent increased public involvement in environmental assessment and decision-making.