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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Water Quality: Implementing the Clean Water Act

Water Quality: Implementing the Clean Water Act

Date: July 1, 2003
Creator: Copeland, Claudia
Description: None
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Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Discount Rate for the Corps of Engineers' Water Resource Projects: Theory and Practice

Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Discount Rate for the Corps of Engineers' Water Resource Projects: Theory and Practice

Date: June 23, 2003
Creator: Powers, Kyna
Description: Construction of large water resource projects, such as those of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), can be controversial because they involve trade-offs among various river uses, and between current and future generations. Pursuant to federal water project planning guidelines, the Corps weighs these trade-offs using benefit-cost analysis. If its analysis shows that a project’s national economic development (NED) benefits exceed its NED costs, the Corps seeks project authorization from Congress. Congress authorizes the Corps to construct some of these large water projects through (usually) biennial Water Resource Development Acts. Since the Corps rarely recommends a project that does not have a benefit-cost ratio greater than 1.0, this report describes the decisions that influence this ratio, with a focus on the role of the discount rate.
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Hydropower License Conditions and the Relicensing Process

Hydropower License Conditions and the Relicensing Process

Date: June 9, 2003
Creator: Powers, Kyna
Description: None
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South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

Date: June 5, 2003
Creator: Carter, Nicole T & Sheikh, Pervaze A
Description: None
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Wetland Issues

Wetland Issues

Date: June 4, 2003
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A & Copeland, Claudia
Description: Instead of a single comprehensive federal wetland protection law, multiple laws provide varying levels of protection in different forms: the permit program authorized in §404 in the Clean Water Act; programs for agricultural wetlands; laws that protect specific sites; and laws that protect wetlands which perform certain functions. Many protection advocates view these laws and their implementation as inadequate or uncoordinated. Others, who advocate the rights of property owners and development interests, by contrast, characterize these efforts, especially the §404 permit program, as too intrusive. Numerous state and local wetland programs add to the complexity of the protection effort.
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Soil and Water Conservation Issues

Soil and Water Conservation Issues

Date: May 27, 2003
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: None
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Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector

Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector

Date: May 21, 2003
Creator: Copeland, Claudia & Cody, Betsy A
Description: None
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Water Quality: Implementing the Clean Water Act

Water Quality: Implementing the Clean Water Act

Date: May 15, 2003
Creator: Copeland, Claudia
Description: None
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Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector

Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector

Date: April 17, 2003
Creator: Copeland, Claudia & Cody, Betsy A
Description: None
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Soil and Water Conservation Issues

Soil and Water Conservation Issues

Date: April 14, 2003
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: None
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