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A total of 270 flood hazard studies have been initiated to date; covering some 5,400 stream miles, and over 600 jurisdications; 217 studies have been completed.

Selected example of recent progress:

Flood Plain Management Studies-State of Rhode Island. SCS has completed 6 studies and has two others underway. These studies involve a total of 45 stream miles and some 10 separate jursidictions. After completing a study, SCS provides assistance and interpretation to help the local jurisdictions

the local jurisdictions incorporate the study findings into their local flood plain management program. SCS has been successful in delineating flood plains and flood problems, making recommendations on minumizing future flood losses and having the recommendations accepted by the State and local governments.

Flood Insurance Studies Current Activities. SCS performs reimbursable flood insurance studies for the Federal Insurance Administration of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (formerly part of HUD) under Section 1360c of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-448). Flood insurance studies provide the technical information to enable communities to adopt flood plain management regulations to meet the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program

SCS has not initiated any new flood insurance studies in fiscal years 1980 and 1981 and none will be started in FY 1982. By the end of fiscal year 1982, all flood insurance studies should be completed. SCS has initiated a total of 443 detailed flood insurance studies in 45 States; 325 have been completed.

INTERAGENCY COORDINATION AND PROGRAM FORMULATION

Interagency coordination and program formulation in water and related land resources are achieved at the Federal level through the Water Resources Council. The Secretary of Agriculture is a member of the Council. The Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment and his Deputy serve as alternates to the Secretary. All relevant USDA agencies provide input to the water policy and program related issues through the USDA Water Resource Committee chaired by the Assistant Secretary. The Council maintains a number of task forces and ad hoc work groups on which the Department is represented.

At the field level, coordination of regional and river basin planning is achieved through River Basin Commissions, Interagency Committees, or ad hoc coordinating committees. The Soil Conservation Service provides the Department member and USDA staff work for each of these groups. For two of the Interagency Committees, the USDA member periodically serves as chairman and provides an executive secretary.

At the National level, Coordination and Program formulation activities are for developing water resource policy, data collection, standards for analysis, procedures for planning and overall program guidance. In addition to these continuing activities, in FY 1981 USDA is participating with the Water Resources Council in developing uniform analytical procedures for evaluation of Federal Water projects and uniform regional planning procedures. Also, work is continuing on a nationally consistent data base for use in river basin studies and other USDA programs.

Geographic Breakdown and funding for River Basin Surveys and Investigations

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Arizona Statewide

Water Management Arkansas Statewide

Study
Sacramento Valley

Basin
Arkansas River
Central Coastal Basins
Northeast Gulf River
Regional Plan

District 1
Martin-St. Lucie

Water Management
S.W. Georgia Resources

Management
S.E. Georgia Resources

Management
Hamakua Area

Agr. Water Study Kilavea Water

Management Middle & Lower

Snake River

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Idaho Irrigation

Study Kankakee Erosion

Control Study Des Moines River N. E. Iowa Rivers GREAT Studies

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Southeast Kansas

Water Supply
Green & Kentucky River
Kentucky Statewide
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" Funding and reopening of old Pearl River study per Congerssional
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27 FY 1980 column shows estimated obligations by projects. Actual
information is not available.

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Severely eroding cropland in Tennessee causes sediment and water quality problems and reduces the land productivity. River Basin studies examine the impacts and potential solutions to these conditions.

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