Many questions in the SOT (Box 1-1) have multiple parts; with part 1 of a task calling for a review of past performance and the subsequent parts of the tasks probing the relative health, past and present, of the water programs, and requesting suggestions for improvement and directions for the future. In the following chapters, we will first review the WRD past performance, then set the stage for suggestions for the future (Chapters 2 and 3). In Chapter 4, Water for Tomorrow, we propose organizational adjustments and recommendations that we hope will aid the USGS to produce the information and understanding of water resources needed for the nation’s future.

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