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... There is a new movement in the scientific community -- motivated by the need to solve today's problems and interest in unlocking puzzles that may solve future problems -- to enhance the development of water sciences. The principal federal nonregulatory organization charged with investigating water science questions is the Water Resources Division (WRD)
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... RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CHAPTER 2 External Interaction As water science problems become more interdisciplinary, WRD cooperation with other federal agencies, states, universities, and research organizations will become increasingly important. Therefore: · The WRD should undertake more cooperative research efforts with other federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Agriculture, which are also involved in answering water science questions.
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... · The WRD should undertake more cooperative investigations with university scientists at field sites administered by the WRD, such as the Cape Cod Toxic Waste Research Site, and at sites administered by the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Program. · The WRD should continue to seek opportunities to expand its relations with universities to ensure the development of necessary human resources for the future.
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... RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CHAPTER 3 Areas for WRD Research The WRD should try to develop programs that focus on areas at the top of the national agenda. Eight key areas for WRD research are: · analyzing contaminant transport in aquifers; · integrating scientific knowledge with public policy options for water supply management; · analyzing links between water resources and climate change; · analyzing trends in water quality; · conducting research and developing methods for improved estimation of the probabilities of droughts and floods; · determining the roles of wetlands in whole drainage basins; · minimizing human-produced eutrophication and sedimentation in lakes and reservoirs; and · analyzing transport and flow processes in estuaries, harbors, and bays.
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... continue administering the grants program authorized under the Water Resources Research Act, and (3) encourage fundamental research by qualified staff at the district level.

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