Water Management Under Drought Conditions an Overview of Practices by Federal Agencies

by Donald K. Frevert, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,
Darrell G. Fontane, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


The management of water resources under drought conditions is a diverse topic which has received added emphasis recently as a result of prolonged droughts in parts of the United States. The American Society of Civil Engineers Irrigation and Drainage Division has supported a task committee to review this topic. This presentation and a companion presentation on practices in non-federal agencies summarize the findings to date of this task committee. This presentation will focus on differences and similarities in operational practices by federal agencies, particularly the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Both organizations have learned from experience to incorporate some flexibility into their procedures. These procedures are examined with discussions of case studies as appropriate.

Subject Headings: Droughts | Federal government | Resource management | Case studies | Water resources | Water supply systems | United States Army Corps of Engineers | Irrigation | United States

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