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Title:Intergovernmental relationships in the administration of water resources
Author(s):Krausz, Norman G.P.
Contributor(s):University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Kielhorn, Thomas G.; Meyer, Glendon S.; Nance, Dean A.; Newman, Jerry L.; Tucker, Stanley L.; Walker, James G.
Subject(s):Water resource development
Water resource development--Illinois
Water policy
Inter-agency cooperation
Geographic Coverage:Illinois (state)
Abstract:Data for the report was obtained from 65 Federal and State laws, 73 conferences with government officials and 583 survey questionnaires completed by officials of governmental units. Relationships tested included authority, personnel, communications and finance. Water resource functions studied were soil and water conservation, sewage treatment, flood control, drainage, water supply, recreation and navigation. Survey and legal data was placed on data cards and processed using the SSUPAC System developed by the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois. Significant elements of dissatisfaction were found with the current structure and performance of the water system. The primary concern is for more State and local action and structural consolidation for more effective administration. More authority would not pass to Federal agencies but reside in larger representative local agencies, with planning and coordination on a regional basis and with the State playing a stronger resource and unifying role. The superimposition of Federal law and funds has been catalytic but also disruptive of relationships within the State. A State Water Code is needed to establish an orderly system of administration, and to channel the Federal effort into a coordinated scheme of assistance and encouragement without losing its vitality or neglecting the standards and criteria imposed. Communications range from an almost non-existent flow to a well-patterned system depending on function and the degree of autonomy that exists. Generally there is an external communications gap and a failure to recognize the interrelationships of water functions. A more formal and patterned system of communication should be established for all water related functional systems. Present revenues in Illinois are not adequate for present or future water needs. All units agree that the State must recognize a new financial responsibility for a greater role in water management.
Issue Date:1968-09
Publisher:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Sponsor:U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Rights Information:Copyright 1968 held by Norman G.P. Krauz
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-13

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