SWWRCState of Washington Water Research Center (Washington State University)
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Again, however, as noted above, the SWWRC worked extensively to influence candidates' positions during the election campaign and secured the election of their chairman, Dave Brister.
In sum, then, there are a number of reasons to suggest that the SWWRC was able to influence the city council's positions on the border crossing issue.
In this case, the SWWRC represented some of Windsor's wealthiest communities and was able to mobilize considerable financial resources for its campaign.
According to its own literature, the SWWRC was the largest of these groups in terms of membership.
The success of the SWWRC in influencing the city council and ultimately in sidelining the DRTR then, can be seen as an example of 'not-in-my-back-yard' politics, with a wealthy community organization being able to block an infrastructure project perceived to be detrimental to its area.
While it is undoubtedly the case that the SWWRC mobilized with the specific aim of protecting their area, this case study nevertheless provides some support to those commentators who see NIMBY groups as capable of performing a valuable service by protecting the entire local community (see Goldsmith 2006; Diets 2004).
Although it is impossible to prove conclusively, analysis suggests that the SWWRC was important in the policy-making process with respect to this issue and played a part in shaping the municipal council's decision-making.