Water Resources:

Delaware River Basin Commission's Management of Certain Water Activities

RCED-87-31: Published: Oct 8, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1986.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Delaware River Basin Commission's management of the Delaware River Basin's resources, specifically: (1) the extent of the Commission's water conservation strategies and techniques; (2) the accuracy of population growth and water use forecasts; and (3) the effectiveness of the Commission's process for granting permits to ensure adequate stream flow.

GAO found that: (1) the Commission's water conservation strategies consisted of reducing water flow to New York City and New Jersey, and state and Commission actions to reduce nonessential water use to protect the lower reaches of the basin from saltwater intrusion and provide adequate water supplies to basin users through the year 2000; (2) the Commission overestimated the population growth for the basin by 3.4 percent; (3) the Commission does not have enough data for surface and groundwater withdrawal to accurately forecast water use; and (4) the Commission does not have enough data on water availability and usage to evaluate the effectiveness of the permitting process in ensuring adequate stream flow.

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