Efficient Investments in Water Resources: Issues and Options


Widespread support is beginning to develop for fundamental redirection of the federal government's water resources policies. Traditionally, the federal government has played a major role in choosing, financing, and paying a large share of the costs of water projects. In contrast, the responsibilities of state and local governments and private users have been relatively small. This extensive federal participation was appropriate for the early development of the nation's major river basins, waterway transport systems, and western regions.