Reservoir Project Environmental Study

by Merwin D. Dougal, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Iowa State Water Resources Research Institute, Ames, Iowa,
Kenneth L. Dueker, Prof. of Urban Planning and Dir.; Inst. of Urban and Regional Research, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 9, Pg. 1257-1272

Document Type: Journal Paper


The research-management principles and methods used in conducting an interdisciplinary environmental resources study are summarized as an aid in complying with the federal NEPA requirements. A case study of the proposed Ames reservoir project in Iowa is used to illustrate the application of study methods, organization of the project study and review, cross-discipline coordination, problems encountered in achieving results, and application of these results in final decision making. Results achieved by the five study categories also are presented. Keys to good management are adequate project leadership, a well-defined scope of work, adequate data and resource information, functional study categories as manageable tasks, ability to meet time schedules, and formulation and publication of results.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Reservoirs | Project management | Environmental issues | Information management | Federal government | Organizations | Decision making | Iowa | United States

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