The individual reader who utilizes information from this book can work efficiently by incorporating his or her education and professional experience into the mix of information; adding the input from stakeholders; and utilizing the knowledge and experience from local and state agencies including university cooperative extension services, state environmental protection agencies, state pollution control agencies, state health departments, state departments of agriculture, and so on to develop necessary plans based on comprehensive data collected by evaluating all problems and conditions related to the subject area. He or she should then prepare a request for a new program or program review, which can be presented to the appropriate authorities for approval. This proposal should include information on appropriate expenditures, amount of people and types of people needed to successfully resolve the problems in a given size community, tested techniques of supervision and management of personnel, as well as successful techniques of communications which have been used with all individuals involved.

One of the values of this book is that all chapters other than Chapter 1 and Chapter 4 are written in a consistent manner. They provide a statement of the nature of the problem and special information, immediately followed by the division of the problem into sub-problems including factors leading to impairment and Best Practices used to resolve each of these factors and sub-problems. This is followed by sections on laws, rules, and regulations; resources; and programs. Finally, each chapter lists comprehensive endnotes and a bibliography. A very comprehensive index allows the reader to move quickly from one topic to another. This makes the information more easily retrievable and therefore more usable. It makes planning for a new or improved program more cost-effective and saves individuals a substantial amount of time in researching and gathering accurate data on problems and solutions.

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