PROGRAM AND PLANS - Program in Fiscal Year 1959 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Water Resources Division Washington 25, D.C. In reply refer to: October 17, 1958 Code 4052 0001 GROUND WATER BRANCH MEMORANDUM NO. 59.17 To: District Chiefs and Staff Officials (GW) From: Chief, Ground Water Branch, Washington, D.C. Subject: PROGRAM AND PLANS - Program in Fiscal Year 1959 The purpose of this memorandum is to request information with which to prepare an accurate summary of the Ground-Water Branch program for fiscal year 1959 similar to the summaries for previous years. The attached summary of Ground-Water investigations in progress in 1957-58, and the attached map for 1957-58 at a scale 1:5,000,000 for your district were prepared from data previously submitted from your district. You are requested to revise this list and map--using either ink or pencil--to show your program for the 1959 fiscal year, and to return the revised summary and map to this office by November 10, 1958. Please show all investigations that were active as of July 1, 1958, and also investigations that are to be started this year under firm commitments. Please indicate, by month and year in the remarks column, the planned date of beginning of new projects for this fiscal year. In revising the summary, under "Project Title, Location, and Objective," add the name of the Project Chief; under "Schedule" revise to show your current estimate of completion dates; under "Geologic mapping" indicate the scale of field mapping done or to be done on the project; under "percent complete July 1," revise to show status at the beginning of this fiscal year, which should be the same as shown on your quarterly progress reports dated June 30, 1958, and under "Remarks" show the principal objective of work during fiscal year 1959. An investigation will be considered active unless the report was approved for release to the open file or to another Federal agency prior to July 1, 1958. At this time you should review the status of all projects that are inactive and determine what steps can be taken to complete these projects. Every effort should be made to complete them if at all possible. It is noted that some district offices have discontinued work on projects, due to lack of funds, and subsequently have started new projects using funds from the same cooperative program. It is recognized that the district supervisor occasionally is under pressure from the cooperating official to discontinue work on a project and undertake more urgently needed work. There is no objection to this procedure, provided that the disruption is only temporary and the work on the suspended project is resumed within a reasonable period of time. Unfortunately, frequently the completion of the work is deferred indefinitely with the result that much of the data collected becomes out-dated, the project is finally abolished, and much of the time and money invested in the project is lost. A number of projects have been listed as inactive for several years, for which there are apparently no plans for completion. The status of these projects should be re-evaluated, and if the information is so out of date that it is not feasible to reactivate these projects, they should be discontinued, and a memorandum to that effect sent to this office, giving an explanation of the reason for discontinuing the project. However, before discontinuing the project, you should consider the possibility of publishing the data already obtained. The following information regarding the discontinued projects should be supplied: (1) Explain why you are recommending that the project be discontinued. (2) What is the present status of the work? (3) Have any reports been prepared as a result of the study? If so, please give titles and methods of publication. (4) If nothing has been published, how do you plan to make the data collected available to the public? If work is resumed in the area or on the study at a later date, the scope of the work to be done should be reevaluated, and a new project description prepared at that time. If the scope of the reactivated project is essentially the same as the discontinued project, then the old project number should be retained. (s) A. N. Sayre Attachments to District Chiefs Distribution: A, B, S-3, SL.