Environmental Aspects of River Basin Planning

by Maynard M. Hufschmidt,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 6, Pg. 323-334

Document Type: Journal Paper


Current methods, substance, and administration of river basin planning in the United States must be changed substantially to accommodate the increasing national concern for problems of environmental quality. Modifications will be required in planning theory; improvement or environmental quality should be adopted as a major national objective, along with currently accepted objectives of economic efficiency and income distribution. Significant changes are also needed in methods of computing benefits, cost and production functions, and in the planning process and techniques. Systems analysis methods must incorporate many environmental quality parameters and alternative development and management measures. Planning for river basins and for metropolitan areas must be integrated. Important changes required in water-resources policy, organization and administration are discussed. Extensive research and experimentation on new methods and approaches are required by research centers and public agencies concerned with water resources and environmental quality problems.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Water resources | Water quality | Rivers and streams | Basins | System analysis | Economic factors | Benefit cost ratios

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