The Development of Water Resources Planning in the United States from the Reclamation Act of 1902 to the Principles and Standards of 1973

The Development of Water Resources Planning in the United States from the Reclamation Act of 1902 to the Principles and Standards of 1973
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The Development of Water Resources Planning in the United States from the Reclamation Act of 1902 to the Principles and Standards of 1973
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Description

This book provides an assessment of the development of water resources planning in the United States from the Reclamation Act of 1902 to the Principles and Standards of 1973 based on original sources. There are twelve essays, each focused on a significant law, original report, or book.  The essays aim to provide concise descriptions of the works and their background and explain their importance both at the time they were written and later.  The book has four sections:

I: Three important laws prior to World War II;
II: The beginning of standard multipurpose planning with benefit-cost analysis;
III:  The development of new multi-objective and computer methods through 1973; and
IV: Perspectives.

 

Table of Contents

The Maass- White Library Series v

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Section I: Three Key Laws Prior to World War II 5

Chapter 2 The Reclamation Act of 1902 7

Planning Methods and Procedures9

Development and Results of Reclamation Programs 11

Perspectives 16

Chapter 3 The 308 Reports 19

Authorization and Reports 19

Plans and Planning Methods 22

Perspectives 28

Chapter 4 The Flood Control Act of 1936 31

Flood Control as a Federal Responsibility 31

Benefits and Costs 33

Local Contributions 34

Projects 35

Perspectives 35

Section II: The Classic Model of River Basin Planning 39

Chapter 5 Gilbert White, Human Adjustment to Floods 41

The Context 42

Content and Approach 44

Perspectives 47

Chapter 6 Arthur Maass, Muddy Waters 51

The Ickes Foreword 52

Muddy Waters 54

Perspectives 60

Maass and White 61

Chapter 7 The Green Book 63

The Economics of Project Evaluation 65

Objectives 68

Perspectives 69

Chapter 8  John V. Krutilla and Otto Eckstein, Multiple Purpose River Development 71

Economic Analysis and the Economics of River Basin Development 72

The Cost of Capital 72

Case Studies: Economics 73

Case Studies: Distribution of Costs and Gains 77

Perspectives 81

Chapter 9 Delaware River Basin Report 83

Planning Methods  84

Recommendations and Results 92

Perspectives 97

Section III: Development of New Methods 99

Chapter 10 The U.S. President’s Water Resources Council Report 101

Objectives and Project Formulation 104

Perspectives 108

Chapter 11 Arthur Maass et al., Design of Water-Resource Systems 111

Research of the Harvard Water Program 112

New Investment Criteria 113

Conventional Techniques, Mathematical Modeling, and the Design Process 115

Political Decision Making 119

Perspectives 120

Chapter 12 The North Atlantic Regional Water Resources Study 123

Institutional Arrangements 125

Regional

Subdivisions for Planning 126

Planning Period and Forecast Years 127

New Methods: Multiple Objectives 128

New Methods: Mathematical Models 130

Needs, Sources, and Devices 133

Forecasts and Recommendations 134

Perspectives 136

Chapter 13 The Principles and Standards, 1973 139

Background 139

Authority 141

Objectives and Criteria 142

Perspectives 148

Section IV: Perspectives 151

Chapter 14 A Summing Up and Conclusions 153

References 157

Index 169

 

Audience

This book will appeal to government planners in water resources and the environment, professionals in the private sector as well as technical and advanced history writing adults

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