Water Resources People and Issues
A: Well, let's see. The task force included Jim Goddard, who was the obvious
person from the TVA and the person with whom I'd had closest working
relations up until that time. But from the other federal agencies there was
Dick Hertzler, Walter Langbein, Harry Steele from Agriculture, Irving Hand
from Pennsylvania, and Martin Schussheim from the housing agency. Then
we had three others from the outside: John Krutilla, an economist from
Resources for the Future, and me. Perhaps the most influential member of
the group was John R. Hadd, who was the representative from the Bureau of
the Budget staff and who took a lively and very thoughtful interest in the
Q: What biases did he bring into the task force? I mean constructive bias. Did
he have any philosophy that he was trying to . . . ?
A: No, he didn't. He was a young, inquiring, dedicated member of the bureau
who had been asking a lot of questions about what was happening in this field
and was much interested in learning what the people who were drawn in for
this purpose and who were in a position of justifying budget presentations had
to say about it.
Q: How long did the task force work on the study?
A: I'd say about a year.
Q: And this study was called finally A Unified National Program for Managing
Flood Losses ?
A: Although the group had been put together and I had first been asked to work
on federal flood control policy, the title of the report was different from that
which it had been intended to be.
Q: It's a significant difference, is it not?
A: Yes. And the budget group went along with that.