2020 Hindsight; Another Fifty Years of Irrigation—

by Daniel A. Dreyfus, (M.ASCE), Professional Staff Member; Water and Power Resources, U.S. Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 87-94

Document Type: Journal Paper


Water resources management has been a concern of governments from the time of the earliest recorded civilizations. In the United States, policies that have evolved over several decades to guide the Federal role in water resources planning and development are no longer relevant to national problems and goals. Water resources planning presently is in disarray because mechanical analysis has been substituted for continued policy guidance. The nation appears to be approaching a major reevaluation of governmental water resources policy. New objective and a new Federal role will be defined. Recent social and economic conditions indicate that there will be renewed national interest in the management of western water resources and that irrigated agriculture will continue to be a significant function in Federal water policy.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Resource management | Federal government | Irrigation | Public policy | Social factors | Economic factors | Irrigation water | United States

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