PROGRAMS AND PLANS:  Survey Federal Program

                           UNITED STATES
                    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
                         GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
                     Water Resources Division
                        Washington 25, D.C.

In reply refer to:                             March 14, 1958
                                               Code 4050 0001


To:       District Chiefs and Staff Officials, Ground Water Branch

From:     Chief, Ground Water Branch, Washington, D.C.

Subject:  PROGRAMS AND PLANS:  Survey Federal Program

Your attention is called to Division memoranda of February 25,
1958 concerning "Development and review of Federal Program" and
March 3, 1958 concerning "Program and plans - 1959 fiscal year"
which were sent to Chairmen of the Councils.  You are also
referred to Division memorandum of November 27, 1957,
"Organization and Management"  Relation between organizational
units of the Division", which you have on file.

In order that the Branch Chief May be kept informed as to
proposals for Federal projects originating in the field and thus
properly fulfill his responsibilities as a member of the Division
Program Committee, copies of all Federal project proposals
submitted to the Councils should be sent directly to the
Washington office.  Copies of Federal project proposals should
also be sent to the Branch Area Chiefs.  Sufficient information
has already been received concerning existing Federal projects and
further information is not required here unless significant
changes in the project are deemed desirable as a result of Council

Recommendations as to projects proposed for financing with all
Survey Federal funds must be submitted to the Division by May 15.
It is imperative therefore that proposals originating in the field
be initiated soon.  Specific instructions as to format to be used
are expected in the near future.  However, in view of the
shortness of time remaining the enclosed forms should be used in
describing the projects for the information of this office and
that of the Branch Area Chief.

In proposing Federal projects the guides as to objectives and
criteria presented in the above cited memorandum should be
followed.  The following factors as stated in the memorandum of
March 3 present the general purpose and policy of the Division to
achieve a balanced program.  The aim is to:

     1.  Increase attention to broad investigations, and extend
         the program of research in fundamental principles.

     2.  Increase attention to the identification and anticipation
         of water problems so that investigations will have
         maximum usefulness for solving water problems.

     3.  Firm up the program early each year so that
         investigations may begin promptly after appropriations
         are approved.

     4.  Transfer operations, as far as feasible, from the Federal
         program to the cooperating program.

     5.  Seek cooperative financing for nearly all new systematic
         basic-data collection.  Such programs should conform to
         the criteria and network patterns developed in network
         analyses by the Branches.

The Federal funds available for beginning new projects in fiscal
year 1959 are limited and hence not all the worthy projects
proposed can be started this coming year.  However, it is desired
that all proposals be submitted so they can be considered not only
for the coming year but also for developing the Federal program
for subsequent years.  Many of you have submitted project
proposals in the past which were not activated because of lack of
funds.  These should be resubmitted if you still consider them

Instructions concerning quandrangle geologic mapping will be
issued shortly.  For the present you should consider proposals for
the completion of areas which have been partly mapped under other
programs and which you feel should be completed as quadrangle

                                 (s) A. N. Sayre


Distribution:  A, B, GS, GFO