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A New Era of Challenges, Opportunities for Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- which operates and maintains the nation's water resources infrastructure of dams, levees, locks, and navigation channels -- faces a water planning paradox, says a new report from the National Research Council. Water demands are increasing and becoming more complex, while investments in water infrastructures are declining, leading to expectations that cannot be met consistently. Despite challenges, the situation offers opportunities to develop and implement creative water planning, the report says.