New discoveries have to remain undiscovered until the common intellect raises to comprehend them.Builders licensing is another example, of registration not working. Builders licensing is primarily concerned with residential construction, its purpose to protect house buyers who are considered un-informed buyers. For other construction, licensing is not considered important, because the buyers are typically informed and otherwise knowledgeable about what they buy. Even with licensing to protect the public there are still persons who provide building services without being licensed, and those who are licensed who provide low quality services.
Registration, and licensing are all quality control (QC) approaches: allow the defects to be made and then do something about it afterwards. What the community really expects is quality assurance (QA): don't allow the defects in the first place. Registration and licensing fails to provide such requirement: and it fails because the systems implemented are poorly designed, the systems are not dynamically adaptive, and there is no continuous improvement, nor continuous monitoring. Put simply no regulation at all. The time between checks is too great, and the checks inadequate.
With respect to our water resources, we really need to know that concerned personnel, are training with models and simulators, and checking worst case scenarios, and developing habitual skills to respond correctly in the critical event. We also need to know that they are training the next generation, to take over at all levels in the system. Also doing real world tests, on an appropriate scale, so that know learned response on simulations is suited to real world system. No special awards, certificates, registration or licensing required. Determine what is required to do the job properly, train people to do the job that way, then ensure they do it that way when employed.