The State of America’s Water Resource

  • David E. McNabb
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Abstract

Water resources planning and management on the river basin level can be said to have begun in 1965, with passage of the Water Resources Planning Act thereby establishing the Water Resources Council (WRC). The Council released two national assessments of the state of the U.S. water resource, one in 1968 and the second in 1978. This chapter begins with the work of the WRC and takes the story of the state of the resource into the early twenty-first century in same major basins examined by the WRC, and begins a look at the effects of climate change on the sustainability of the resource in the Nation’s major river basins.

Keywords

Climate change Drought Resource planning Recycled water River basins Resource sustainability Water Resource Council Watersheds 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David E. McNabb
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  1. 1.Pacific Lutheran UniversityTacomaUSA

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