Management of U.S. Water Research

by Neil S. Grigg, (M.ASCE), Asst. Secretary for Natural Resources; North Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources and Community Development; on leave from Univ. of North Carolina, Water Resources Research Inst., Raleigh, N.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 1, Pg. 143-158

Document Type: Journal Paper


Management of United States water research and the linkage between water research and the effectiveness of water management are described. A conceptual economic framework for analysis is presented, but the empirical data needed to complete it are not available. The technology needed to establish a given quality of life, considering the water aspects, depends on growth, pollution, and other problems of advanced society. Technology needed is also a function of the desired ratio of quality of life to investment, a budgetary decision of government. Better linkages are needed in the United States water industry. Water management is an intergovernmental problem with interfaces with the energy industry and with manufacturing. Research is carried out by agencies, universities, industries, and water associations. The contributions of industries, utilities, and especially water associations, have not been adequately recognized. United States water research has been very effective despite the present difficulties it faces.

Subject Headings: Water management | Water quality | Lifeline systems | Water pollution | Government | Economic factors | Frames | Empirical equations | United States

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