Federal Manpower in Water Resource Engineering

by Edward R. Lewandowski, (M.ASCE), Chf.; Div. of Engrg. Support, U.S. Dept. of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 185-192

Document Type: Journal Paper


There are over 20,000 water resource engineers employed by all branches of the Federal government. Forecasts indicate more will be needed in the years ahead. Their tasks are constantly changing and they are being required to adapt to amplified responsibilities in connection with the search for new and varied sources of energy in which water plays a critical role. In addition, our engineers are being asked to adopt the role of educator in training and inspiring the engineers of developing nations in order that these countries may become self-sufficient in food and power production. The ways in which formal engineering education itself should modify the traditional approach and broaden the social and political consciousness of the developing engineer and aid the practicing professional are covered. The future requirements for Federal manpower are explored. The varied disciplines necessary to solve new problems in desalting, wastewater treatment, and weather modification are summarized.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Federal government | Hydraulic engineering | Engineering education | Forecasting | Hydro power | Training | Developing countries

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