Water Resources in the United States: Select Issues


Dianna Harrington (Editor)

Series: Water Resource Planning, Development and Management
BISAC: TEC010030

The 114th Congress faces many water resource development, management, and protection issues. Congressional actions shape reinvestment in aging federal infrastructure (e.g., dams, locks, and levees) and federal and nonfederal investment in new infrastructure, such as water supply augmentation, hydropower projects, navigation improvements, and efforts to restore aquatic ecosystems. These issues often arise at the regional or local levels but frequently have a federal connection. Ongoing issues include competition over water, drought and flood responses and policies, competitiveness and efficiency of U.S. harbors and waterways, and innovative and alternative financing approaches. This book provides an overview of the federal role in water resources development, management, and protection, with a focus on projects of the two major federal water resources agencies— Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps—and related legislation. It also discusses overarching policy issues, such as drought and flood management and response, project funding and authorization priorities, and aquatic ecosystem restoration.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Water Resource Issues in the 114th Congress
(Betsy A. Cody, Charles V. Stern, Nicole T. Carter and Pervaze A. Sheikh)

U.S.-Mexico Water Sharing: Background and Recent Developments
(Nicole T. Carter, Clare Ribando Seelke and Daniel T. Shedd)

Drought in the United States: Causes and Current Understanding
(Peter Folger and Betsy A. Cody)

Emergency Water Assistance During Drought: Federal Non-Agricultural Programs
(Nicole T. Carter, Tadlock Cowan and Joanna Barrett)



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