The committee recommends that the Corps, in cooperation with state and other federal agencies, periodically prepare an overview of the status and trends of the nation's water and related land and ecological resources. Cooperation with other federal agencies is especially important. Emphasis should be upon those purposes for which the Corps and cooperating agencies are responsible, namely, flood damage reduction, hurricane damage protection, beach nourishment, aquatic ecological restoration, and navigation. The committee is mindful that national assessments under the auspices of the WRC were rich in detail, expensive to produce, and did not play a prominent role in the establishment of national water policies. The committee suggests development of reconnaissance-level assessments that focus on national and interstate needs relevant to federal policy making processes.