The study is designed to assist citizens and officials in a democratic, public decision-making process regarding the best use of a National resource in a conflict situation in which competing objectives and goals are largely exclusive. A barge canal cannot be built without incurring social, economic and environmental benefits and costs. A wild and scenic river cannot be developed without incurring a different set of social, economic and environmental benefits and costs. Is there a balance or a point of convergence which can be reached? The alternatives presented will indicate. some of the significant measures of value for any choice, relative to other choices, i.e., the major consequences of any decision can be evaluated quickly and directly. The final decision is a function of the responsibility and leadership of the various publics, the community, the state and the Nation.
North, Ronald M., "The Highest and Best Uses of the Oklawaha River Basin and Lake Rousseau for the Economy and the Environment" (1976). Waterways and wildlife. 7.