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The Political Allocation of Water for Future Needs: A Partial History of the Water Resources Planning Act

After a long process of study, negotiation, bargaining, and compromise between forces representing national comprehensive planning and state control of water resources, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Water Resources Planning Act of 1965. Various task forces, congressional committees, executive agencies, and party platforms incorporated numerous ideas to make them acceptable to a sufficient coalition of concerned powerful interest groups.

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