The National Study of Water Management during Drought: Report on the First Year of Study
Rept. for Nov 1989-Nov 1990
ARMY ENGINEER INST FOR WATER RESOURCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This is a report on the findings and recommendations from the first year of the National Study of Water Management During Drought. The study, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with the help of the water management community, is a review of the way water is managed during drought in the United States. This report is a formal part of an ongoing dialogue within the water management and user community. The systems for water management in this country are mature and sophisticated, but sometimes overly contentious and sometimes too inflexible. Although the nation is comparatively well served by its water management system, there are some areas where improvements could provide a more secure supply, better use, and greater efficiency. Like any mature system which already performs reasonably well, the next increment of performance will be more difficult to achieve, but not impossible. This report recommends a practical, step by step strategy for better serving the water needs of the U.S. The impacts of drought differ regionally. The West is a mostly arid region, used to dealing with the specter of water scarcity there the major issues are the reallocation of water to address changing demands, and Federal management and regulation in an appropriation law setting.
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