Improvements Needed by the Water Resources Council and River Basin Commissions to Achieve the Objectives of the Water Resources Planning Act of 1965

CED-78-1: Published: Oct 31, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1977.

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Twelve years after the passage of the Water Resources Planning Act of 1965, only limited progress has been made in carrying out its purposes. None of the river basin commissions, for example, has completed a comprehensive water plan for its entire region. Although the Water Resources Council is required to review these plans, it still has not determined how it will conduct the reviews nor has it reviewed the partial plans that it has received.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Chairman of the Water Resources Council and the Chairmen of the river basin commissions should jointly prepare guidelines for the preparation and review of comprehensive, coordinated joint plans and priority reports and for the clarification of the working relationship among the Council, river basin commissions, the States, and their members. In a minimum, the guidelines should include: a description of the essential elements to be included in regional plans; a format included in regional plans; a format so that plans may be compared among regions; and a procedure detailing how these plans will be reviewed, processed, and used at the various levels of government. The Chairman of the Council should encourage the Director of the Council and individual members of the Council of Representatives to take a more aggressive role in bringing unresolved matters to the attention of the Council of Members for resolution.

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