The Challenges of Interstate Water Planning and Management

by Michael J. Bart, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, United States,
Christopher R. Erickson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


This study is one of four primary basin studies as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Study of Water Management During Drought, a four year study initiated after the Drought of 1988. The Marais des Cygnes - Osage River Basin, located in Kansas and Missouri, is examined in this study. A fundamental goal of this study effort is to identify alternatives to the status quo and thereby better prepare the basin for future droughts. Drought preparation is accomplished with the participation of the Corps of Engineers and the States of Kansas and Missouri throughout the entire study. The obstacles of dissimilar water laws, competing interests for water, and multi-organizational planning participation are examined within this study. By fully involving all parties, the study becomes a collaborative planning effort and traditional barriers to progress can be examined and potentially reduced or eventually eliminated.

Subject Headings: Water shortage | Water management | Water resources | Water policy | Basins | Droughts | Water supply | Rivers and streams | United States | Kansas | Missouri

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