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[121 STAT. 1082]
[121 STAT. 1082]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 1082

PUBLIC LAW 110–114—NOV. 8, 2007 (B) by striking ‘‘or international organizations’’ and inserting ‘‘, international organizations, or foreign governments’’.

42 USC 1962–3.

Deadline. Revisions.

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(a) NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES PLANNING POLICY.—It is the policy of the United States that all water resources projects should reflect national priorities, encourage economic development, and protect the environment by— (1) seeking to maximize sustainable economic development; (2) seeking to avoid the unwise use of floodplains and flood-prone areas and minimizing adverse impacts and vulnerabilities in any case in which a floodplain or flood-prone area must be used; and (3) protecting and restoring the functions of natural systems and mitigating any unavoidable damage to natural systems. (b) PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES.— (1) PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES DEFINED.—In this subsection, the term ‘‘principles and guidelines’’ means the principles and guidelines contained in the document prepared by the Water Resources Council pursuant to section 103 of the Water Resources Planning Act (42 U.S.C. 1962a–2), entitled ‘‘Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies’’, and dated March 10, 1983. (2) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue revisions, consistent with paragraph (3), to the principles and guidelines for use by the Secretary in the formulation, evaluation, and implementation of water resources projects. (3) CONSIDERATIONS.—In developing revisions to the principles and guidelines under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall evaluate the consistency of the principles and guidelines with, and ensure that the principles and guidelines address, the following: (A) The use of best available economic principles and analytical techniques, including techniques in risk and uncertainty analysis. (B) The assessment and incorporation of public safety in the formulation of alternatives and recommended plans. (C) Assessment methods that reflect the value of projects for low-income communities and projects that use nonstructural approaches to water resources development and management. (D) The assessment and evaluation of the interaction of a project with other water resources projects and programs within a region or watershed. (E) The use of contemporary water resources paradigms, including integrated water resources management and adaptive management. (F) Evaluation methods that ensure that water resources projects are justified by public benefits. (4) CONSULTATION AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.—In carrying out paragraph (2), the Secretary shall—

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