|Abstract or Summary
- It is no longer possible in any area of the United States to formulate
water resources plans for single purpose projects as has been
done in past years. No longer can one of our greatest natural resources,
water, be used solely for navigation, power generation,
irrigation, or controlled for reducing floods. This resource must
now serve a multitude of purposes in our society.
Determining the present status of our water resources, what
the future requirements will be, how to plan for these future needs,
and implementation of these plans represents a major undertaking of
local, State, and Federal authorities having interests in this field.
In the Pacific Northwest, the Willamette Basin Task Force, acting
under the auspices of the Columbia Basin Inter-Agency Committee,
has been created to provide the coordinating mechanism for the prosecution
of a comprehensive study for the management and development
of the water and related land resources of the Willamette River
Basin. This study is presently underway. In this thesis, information was collected from individuals associated
with the Task Force, from minutes of meetings, and from
other publications not readily available, to provide a single document
giving the organization and objectives of the Task Force. The National
comprehensive planning mechanism was studied to provide background
information relating to the evolution of the Task Force and its
Water quality control is one of the areas of investigation of the
Willamette Basin Task Force. It is directly related to and influenced
by the several other multiple-purpose uses of the basin's water resources.
It is this aspect of the comprehensive planning mechanism
that has been considered in this thesis to evaluate what progress is
being made in planning for present and future water quality control
requirements for the basin.
The results of this study indicate that additional study will be
necessary, after further progress has been made by the Task Force,
to fully evaluate the planning procedures and accomplishments of the
Task Force. Conclusions indicate problems that have been encountered
using this particular approach to water resources comprehensive
planning. Various problems in the water pollution phase of the
study are discussed.
Several research study areas are suggested as a means of
solving water quality problems which exist now in the Willamette River Basin and those water quality problems which are anticipated
in the future as greater demands are placed on this resource.