Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Advisor 1

David Watkins

Committee Member 1

Kari Henquinet

Committee Member 2

Judith Perlinger


Valle Risco is a small, rapidly growing rural town in northwest Panama. As the town grows and develops those who live there have expressed concern at sustainably managing the surrounding watershed. This report consists of some considerations and suggestions for the community of Valle Risco as they build a strong town that plays a central role in the socioeconomic development of the region. This information is based on the experience of the author while he served the town with the U.S. Peace Corps. Recommendations include solutions for wastewater management, storm water drainage, consistent water quality monitoring, and the use of ecosystem services as theme for multi-stakeholder decision-making processes. An important consideration in all decision-making processes is the recognition of indigenous sovereignty and the importance of community-based leadership.