good prospects for helping the Corps adjust to future challenges and unforeseen changes. The nation will continue to need credible engineering expertise to help manage its existing water control infrastructure. If the Corps is to provide that expertise, its planning orientation, functions, and activities will require the types of changes to the adaptive type of approaches recommended in this report.
If the Corps is to develop the approaches and capabilities required for twenty-first century water resources management, it will need assistance from the administration and from the Congress. The Corps must have the resources and authorities to apply its knowledge and capabilities to today’s complex water management problems, including interactions with the public and other agencies. The administration and the Congress must provide clearer advice regarding national priorities within a large body of overlapping and potentially conflicting laws and authorities that often encumbers Corps decision making. The administration and the Congress must provide resources for the execution of new Corps activities—such as evaluating ecological and economic outcomes of project operations—that are essential to sound water management according to contemporary principles and knowledge. This type of support will be essential to refocusing and strengthening the Corps’ management capabilities, and to helping the agency support the sound water management practices that will be of continued importance to the nation.