The importance of the administration and Congress in effecting these shifts cannot be overstated, as only they can provide the resources and authorities to allow the Corps to move aggressively to address a diverse and changing suite of national water-related needs. This report and the reports of the 216 study panels are the latest in a long line of reviews requested to comment on Corps programs and national water management. These reviews date back (at least) to the early twentieth century and include the National Resources Planning Board in the 1930s, the Cooke Commission of the middle twentieth century, and the National Water Commission of the 1960s and 1970s. Although the setting of Corps projects and operations has changed markedly over the years, a key message that has emerged from the 216 studies parallels findings from these previous distinguished groups: clear direction and support from the administration and Congress are necessary to enable the Corps to serve the nation’s water management needs and to adjust its efforts in response to shifting national water management priorities.

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