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January 1974


Foreward: As a means of keeping water research programs at Utah State University responsive to needs in terms of both timeliness and emphasis, President Glen L. Taggart, in 1970, requested a number of Utah citizens to serve as a panel to give counsel and advice to the Utah Water Research Laboratory and Center for Water Resources Research. Membership of this 16-member panel represents a broad spectrum of water-related experience gained from a variety of professional backgrounds and organizational affiliations. The objective was to keep the panel small enough for it to be a "working" group but large enough to obtain the full range of experience, understanding, and association with Utah's water-related aspirations and their many problems. The panel, as presently consistuted, is a compromise of representation from economic sectors, water professionals, and those in administrative and policymaking roles. The panel has normally met once a year with a counterpart panel of Utah State University deans and directors who constitute a council to oversee and coordinate campus research programs. Although meetins have been infrequent, discussions have been open and lively resulting in many constructive suggestions about research needs and their priorities, as well as program orientation and productivity. At the November, 1973, meeting of the Advisory Panel and the Water Resources Research Council, the panel was asked to develop a statement summarizing its ovservations abuot any or all facets of the water research programs (including operating policies and goals, dissemination of results, budgeting, financing, etc.) and to make recommendations about needed changes in emphasis, priorities, or operating policies. An ad hoc sub-committee consisting of Leonard Johnson, chairman; Ival Goslin; Lynn Thatcher; Dale Carpenter (representing Gordon Harmstron); and Angus Belliston; was appointed to develop an initial draft statement. This draft was subsequently circulated to the full panel for suggestions and criticism. This report then sonstitutes an evaluation by the entire Advisory Panel. It is hoped that is will serve as a constructive guide to those administering water research programs at utah State University. Those who sponsor research through its organized units and entities that relate closely in a "user" capacity may also benefit from this report.