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Water Resources Council First Report - 1968

Water Resources Council First Report - 1968 cover Water Resources Council First Report - 1968 (76,933 KB PDF)

Prompted by the Water Resources Planning Act of 1965, this report assesses national water supplies for the first time as part of an effort to regionally assess the adequacy of existing supplies and anticipate future shortcomings. Organized by 20 water resource regions, similar to those still used today, it provides information on available water supplies for a planning horizon of about 50 years (to the year 2020), uses economic indicators as a means to help assess which regions are likely to have long-term water supply problems, and outlines potential future water resource issues for each region. The report was designed to support federal policy analysis and was the first step towards recognizing the long-term value of water use and availability data for the Nation.

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