Two Centuries of Water Planning Methodology

by Ray K. Linsley, (F.ASCE), Consulting Engr.; Santa Cruz, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 1, Pg. 39-45

Document Type: Journal Paper


The history of water resource planning since 1776 is reviewed with special reference to economic, social, environmental, and hydrologic methodology and applications of systems analysis. The ability of the individual planner stands out as the key factor in successful planning during the period up to about 1920. The chief of the planning team is in a similar position today. Methodology has clearly advanced during the two centuries since 1776 and is now clearly capable of providing an effective base for decision, when all aspects are properly integrated.

Subject Headings: Water management | Water resources | System analysis | History | Economic factors | Social factors | Environmental issues | Hydrologic properties

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