The Changing State Role in Water Management

by Warren Viessman, Jr., Univ of Florida, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning Now for Irrigation and Drainage in the 21st Century


The roles of the federal, state, and local governments in developing and managing the nation's waters are dynamic. They continue to reflect shifting social goals and policies. It is often argued that the nature of change is hard to discern, but if one traces the history of water policy in the United States, the evolution of the several governments' roles in water management become apparent. Some recent turning points can be traced to the passage of the water Resources Planning Act of 1965 (PL 89-80), President Carter's 'hit list' in 1977, and the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (PL 99-662). These and other events that have historically shaped federal, state, and local government roles are reviewed and trends for the future are discussed.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water management | Social factors | History | Legislation | Federal government | Local government | Public policy | United States

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