Water Resources Congress Reports Annual Meeting
At its recent annual meeting held in New Orleans, La., the Water Resources Congress elected Maurice C. Stout, vice president, Indianapolis Water Company, Indianapolis, Ind., chairman of the board; Tval Goslin, consultant, Western Engineers, Inc., Grand Junction, Colo., vice chairman; B. Joseph Tofani, Washington, D.C., president; Samuel F. Collins, executive vice president and general manager, Sabine River Authority of Texas, Orange, Texas, treasurer; Lloyd Skinner, chairman of the board, Skinner Macaroni, Omaha, Neb., secretary; and William Bricen Miller, William Bricen Miller & Associates, Chicago, 111., special counsel. Vernon Behrhorst, Office of Water Policy, Office of the Governor, Lafayette, La., and Charles L. Thomson, general manager, S.E. Colorado Water Conservancy District, Pueblo, Colo., are past chairmen of WRC.
A t t e n d e e s at the three-day meeting heard Charles R. Ford, Executive Assistant to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, call for the exercise of "environmental foresight" in overcoming the damaging effects of toxic substances in water supply systems, degradation of lakes and rivers and contamination of the air. Lt. Gen. J.W. Morris, Chief of the Army Engineers, said the Decade of the Environment, the label applied to the 1970s, would be followed by a period of conservation during which time "we must wring out all the water" to be gained by a conservation program. This he foresaw as the next step in getting back to a positive investment program of water resource development.
Other speakers described the world food outlook; flood control involving coastal resources; water's role in the energy picture; fish and wildlife legislation; regulations and studies involving water transportation; water quality and pending water resources legislation. WRC is a nationwide organization of business and civic leaders whose interest spans all phases of water resources management, including flood control, energy, navigation, agriculture, recreation, fish and wildlife conservation, flood plain and coastal resources, muncipal and industrial water, and water quality.