Congress and the Administration guide how federal agencies develop and participate in water resource investments. Most often congressional direction is focused on individual agencies or projects. One exception was the Water Resources Planning Act of 1965 (P.L. 89-80), which attempted to promote coordinated planning of water and related land resources. The act created a Water Resources Council (WRC) and charged it with, among other things, establishing principles, standards, and procedures for evaluations of federal water resource projects (42 U.S.C. 1962a-2). Since they replaced earlier guidance in 1983, the WRC’s Principles and Guidelines (P&G) have provided the framework for developing federal water resource studies.
Date of Report: May 13, 2015
Order Number: IF10221
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