Water Resources Planning and Management Goals

by Carl H. Gaum, (F.ASCE), Chf.; Central Reports Management Branch, Planning Division, Civ. Works Directorate, United States Army Corps of Engrs., Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 1, Pg. 73-82

Document Type: Journal Paper


The goal of water resources planning and management is to utilize water related resources for national economic gain, regional development, enhance the environment, and provide social betterment. Nevertheless, it must be recognized that because of great demands the resources, including dollars must be carefully husbanded. Only those projects or programs clearly fitting a national long-range plan should be inplemented with Federal funds. A system of priority selection is needed to assure that only those projects having high justification will be placed in the budget cycle for implementation. Water resources planners must develop new techniques to shorten the time required to plan and foreset priorities. They must improve reporting methods and present all relevant factors. By so doing they will be playing a more decisive role in the decision-making process.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Resource management | Economic factors | Social factors | Federal government | Budgets | Decision making

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