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The U.S. Water Resources Council (WRC) consisted of federal officials who were from various regions of the United States, including Native Americans of western states, and who were mostly Democrats or Republicans. The Water Resources Planning Act (WRPA), a federal law signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 22, 1965, created WRC, which was based in Washington, D.C.
President John F. Kennedy had supported the formation of a WRC in the early 1960s when Congress was debating provisions of WRPA legislation. He envisioned WRC overseeing river basin commissions, setting water resource program standards, compiling assessments of water resources, and contributing suggestions for water resources policy.
After WRPA passed, WRC incorporated many of Kennedy's ideas. That council's primary duty was to coordinate policies by federal, regional, state, ...