How Does Integrated Planning Work?

Capture our community's priorities

In the Ozarks, our quality of life and economic development are tied directly to the quality of our natural resources. We understand the importance of protecting these resources and the ways in which our community is unique. In 2014, a citizen-based Environmental Priorities Task Force convened to define the issues that our community is focused on. By proactively addressing the issues that our citizens find important, rather than simply reacting to the latest regulation, we will build trust and support for our programs.

EXAMPLES: Environmental Stewardship, Quality of Life, Public Health, Economic Development

Identify and prioritize the most significant solutions

Using the Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) approach developed by HDR, Inc., our planning team will evaluate the environmental, economic, and social costs and benefits for many of the solutions considered by our community. By finding the “triple bottom line,” we can ensure that the most effective solutions are being targeted toward the most serious problems.

EXAMPLES: Private Sewer Repair Program, Rain Gardens, Public/Private Partnerships, Education Efforts


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Capture our community's priorities

Using a Multiple-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) toolset developed specifically for the Integrated Plan, we are able to take a structured look at how different pollutants impact the natural environment and the relative significance of each source.

EXAMPLES: Sewer Overflows, Stormwater Runoff, Vehicle Emissions, Hazardous Waste Sites

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Assess our community’s financial capability

Our community applauds the efforts that EPA has made in working with the U.S. Council of Mayors, American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation and others in finding new ways to assess community affordability. Building on the work of our citizen-based Affordability Task Force, our community will continue to make an honest assessment of financial capability and take a candid look at how community resources should be allocated toward environmental stewardship.

EXAMPLES: Poverty, Unemployment, Community Needs, Economic Development

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