U.S. Geological Survey Federal-State Program

by Thomas J. Buchanan, (F.ASCE), Asst. Chf. Hydro.; U.S. Geological Survey, 441 National Center, Reston, Va.,
Bruce K. Gilbert, (M.ASCE), Deputy Asst. Chf. Hydro.; U.S. Geological Survey, 441 National Center, Reston, Va.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 37-45


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The U.S. Geological Survey Federal-State Cooperative Water Resource Program is a partnership between the Geological Survey and State and local agencies for the collection of the hydrologic information needed for the continuing determination and evaluation of the quantity, quality, and use of the Nation's water resources. The first Cooperative Program was started in 1895; the Congress gave formal recognition to the partnership in 1928 and authorized Federal funding of not more than 50 percent for cooperative programs with the Geological Survey, with total funding over $80 million. The process of project selection in the Cooperative Water Resource Program is a mutual effort in which Geological Survey represents national interests, including the needs of other Federal agencies, and the cooperator represents State and local interests. The result is a balanced program that involves careful evaluation of needs, priorities, and resources. A number of typical examples of projects within the Cooperative Program are presented.

Subject Headings: Team building | Water resources | Geology | Geological surveys | Federal government | Hydrographic surveys | Water quality | Financing

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