It is the purpose of this chapter to assist the Nation and the States in augmenting their water resources science and technology as a way to—
assure supplies of water sufficient in quantity and quality to meet the Nation’s expanding needs for the production of food, materials, and energy;
discover practical solutions to the Nation’s water and water resources related problems, particularly those problems related to impaired water quality;
assure the protection and enhancement of environmental and social values in connection with water resources management and utilization;
promote the interest of State and local governments as well as private industry in research and the development of technology that will reclaim waste water and to convert saline and other impaired waters to waters suitable for municipal, industrial, agricultural, recreational, and other beneficial uses;
promote the development of a cadre of trained research scientists, engineers, and technicians for future water resources problems; and
encourage long-term planning and research to meet future water management, quality, and supply challenges.
(Pub. L. 98–242, title I, § 103, Mar. 22, 1984, 98 Stat. 97; Pub. L. 101–397, § 1(a), Sept. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 852; Pub. L. 104–147, § 2, May 24, 1996, 110 Stat. 1375.)