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Water Resources Planning Act (1965)

The Water Resources Planning Act (WRPA), which Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed on July 22, 1965, addressed crucial issues impacting water quality and supplies, which had suffered detrimental impacts by the mid-twentieth century. Americans nationwide wanted to invest in water resources projects for a variety of purposes, ranging from transportation to municipal drinking supplies. Politicians in western states voiced their concerns that water resources would be inadequate to support expanding populations.

Legislators have passed laws relevant to water resources for private and commercial uses in the United States since the mid-nineteenth century. During the 1940s, Sen. Robert S. Kerr, D-Okla., and other federal legislators discussed potential water resource planning for river basins in western states, including the Pacific Southwest, Columbia, Missouri, and Arkansas-White-Red. ...

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