A proposed approach to coordination of water resource development and environmental regulations

William Whipple, Donald DuBois, Neil Grigg, Edwin Herricks, Howard Holme, Jonathan Jones, Conrad Keyes, Mike Ports, Jerry Rogers, Eric Strecker, Scott Tucker, Ben Urbonas, Bud Viessman, Don Vonnahme

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The planning and developing of water resources to meet the country's needs for water supply, flood control, hydroelectric power, irrigation, and navigation now needs to take more account of environmental needs and regulations. Water resource development is often beneficial to the environment, but may also be harmful, as in cases involving salmon and various other endangered species. As a national objective, the environment must be preserved and in some cases restored; but how can this be done consistent with other national objectives, relating to life and welfare of human beings? This problem has aroused the concern of many engineers and water scientists. As a result, a national conference on this subject was held in Chicago in June 1998, as an integral part of ASCE's Annual Conference on Water Resources Planning and Management and the Annual Conference on Environmental Engineering. At the conclusion of that conference, a post-conference meeting was held by a group of prominent water resource practitioners. It was concluded at this meeting that action should be taken by our government to establish a new form of interagency approach, involving the states, as a means of coordination in cases of national importance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-716
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Water Resources Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1999


  • Coordination
  • Dams, salmon
  • Endangered species
  • Environmental regulations
  • Interagency cooperation
  • Water resources planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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