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A group of summer home owners in the high mountains of Colorado faces an ongoing problem with their water well, which keeps testing as polluted, thus...

Read "The Rainbow Development Water Problem" case on pages 267 -268 of the text. Respond to the following questions:

  • Specify competitive, collaborative, and transformative approaches to defining this problem.
  • How can the seven elements of principled negotiation be used to transform this conflict?

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A group of summer home owners in the high mountains of Colorado faces an ongoing problem with their water well, which keeps tesTng as polluted, thus making it necessary for the residents to boil or buy their water. Recently some of the elected oFcials of the volunteer board authorized a road to be built so heavy equipment could reach the well-head and the well could be dug out and rebuilt. ±he road was built through wetlands, which raised some federal legal problems, and through a prisTne meadow cherished by some of the residents as a quiet, beauTful spot at the end of the property. ±he road goes through commonly owned property, skirTng the edge of privately owned lots. ±hree facTons have formed, and full-scale con²ict has erupted, with le³ers, private conversaTons, procedural challenges, content arguments, relaTonship destrucTon, and face-saving struggles going on at a high level of intensity. ±hirty-´ve or so families are involved. It is a long-standing group of friends and acquaintances who have considerable monetary and emoTonal investment in the property and dramaTcally diµerent ecological, poliTcal, ´nancial, and community values. 1. ±he “water ´rst” group: ±his group consists primarily of engineers, scienTsts, builders, and pracTcal people who are sick and Tred of dealing with a half-soluTon to the water problem year a¶er year. ±hey want to get a new well, install puri´caTon systems if they are needed, and assess the membership for what is required. ±hey rely on scienT´c studies of the water quality as a database. In their view, the road was simply a means to an important end. ±hey are convinced that their mandate was clear: to provide potable water for the group. ±hey can’t understand the outrage of the second group. Many of this group have volunteered countless hours through the years for the pracTcal maintenance of the roads, water system, fences, and governing system. ±his group is concerned with content goals and face saving. ±hey argue that the content goals are the most important and that they did what they had to do (face saving). 2. ±he “road has to go” group: ±his group consists of a few older home owners and their adult children. ±he view of this group is that environmental concerns are primary. ±hey will not tolerate compromise about the sensiTve wetlands along the stream and feel outraged at the destrucTon of the most beauTful area of common property. ±hey think the board acted without proper authorizaTon by the membership and feel strongly that not only should the road never have been built but that it must be taken out and the area reclaimed. ±hey prefer any soluTon, including boiling water for drinking, to the degradaTon of the environment. Many of this group will be second-generaTon home owners when they inherit the property from their parents. However, these group members have no vote in the associaTon, since only property owners can vote. ±his group as a whole is concerned about appropriate process and has strongly held content goals. 3. ±he “we simply have to live with it” group: ±his group sees itself as the middle group between two extremes. Many of these people feel disappointed or angry about the gravel road and the fact that the water problem sTll is not solved. ±hey want to support the elected board but don’t like all the con²ict and alienaTon in what used to be a very close and friendly group, which had potlucks, birthday celebraTons, and ouTngs together. Now that the road is in, they think it should be accepted and used to solve the water problem. ±his group is concerned with relaTonships and face saving for the board. ±hey keep their private opinions, whatever they might be, to themselves. ±hey look to the future.
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