Water Resources Planning — Its Recent Evolution

by Harry E. Schwarz, (F.ASCE), Dir.; Environmental Affairs Program, Clark Univ., Worcester, Mass.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 1, Pg. 27-38

Document Type: Journal Paper


Planning techniques and procedures have changed greatly in the last 20 years. They have changed because: (1)The techniques of analyses have changed; (2)the institutional setting for planning has changed; and (3)society's values have changed. A review of three cases will show these changes and their evolution: the North Branch of the Potomac report (1961); the Potomac River basin report (1963); and the North Atlantic Regional Water Resources Study report (1973). For each case the techniques and procedures used in Plan Formulation, Plan Evaluation; Objective Setting; and Decision Making are reviewed. The paper concludes that excellent planning is possible and can become probable if institutional development keeps pace with the developing planning techniques.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Rivers and streams | Basins | Decision making | Potomac River

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