River deep

In this case analysis of the proposed plan to deepen the Columbia River, a major hydroelectrical source running from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Ocean, the author discusses how stakeholder concerns are shaping--and possibly, because of the environmental impact of realizing this plan, halting--this estimated US$150 million project. While environmentalists say that deepening the river could render it inhabitable for endangered species of fish, businesses along the river, as well as the Portland Harbor, are concerned about losing revenues and jobs: many of the trans-ocean shipping companies that previously worked the river have halted their services because the river's current depth cannot accommodate the newer, larger tankers. Interviewee Oliver F. Lehmann, PMP, vice president for the Project Management Institute's Troubled Project Specific Interest Group, suggests ideas that could have helped the project's managers avoid the present environmentalist-versus-corporation conflict--as well as establish a win-win solution--before this conflict took shape.
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