and decision making of the Corps has been challenged in many instances and some of the public confidence the agency enjoyed in an earlier era has eroded.

This report is from the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning (see Appendix C for a listing of and biographical information on committee members). The committee was established in late 2009 with sponsorship from the Corps of Engineers. The committee’s mandate is to provide strategic advice on emerging water resources issues and challenges (see Box 1 for this committee’s full statement of task). This initial 5-year project calls for annual reports. This is the first report in that series.

The Corps of Engineers is an agency within the U.S. Department of Defense and has both civilian and military responsibilities. Under the Corps civil works program and at the direction of Congress, the Corps plans, constructs, operates, and maintains a wide range of water resources projects. The Corps’ military program provides engineering, construction, and environmental management services for Department of Defense agencies (Carter and Cody, 2006). This report focuses on the

Statement of Task
Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water
Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning

This committee will provide advice to the Corps of Engineers on a range of scientific, engineering, and water resources planning issues through periodic reports. This committee’s first report will identify emerging national water resources challenges and their implications for Corps of Engineers strategies and programs. The statements of task for subsequent reports will be determined through discussions between the committee and the Corps, and will be subject to approval of the NRC Governing Board’s Executive Committee.

Through its reports, the committee will provide advice to the Corps on agency practices that are valid or that should be revised, and help the Corps anticipate and prepare for emerging water resources planning challenges. Meetings between this committee and the Corps will allow for the identification of important and emerging water resources planning and policy issues of high priority to the agency and upon which they are seeking external advice. In addition to speaking with the Corps of Engineers, the committee often will engage invited speakers from other federal agencies, U.S. congressional staff, state governments, the private sector, and relevant stakeholders. The committee also may serve as a forum for occasional workshops on thematic issues, such as flood risk management, sustainable river system planning, hydroecosystem restoration, or implications to water management of climate change and variability.

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