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The following priority policy options emerged from a synthesis of the
information contained in preceding chapters. Water resource policy formulation
requires a thorough understanding of the magnitude of agricultural water impacts
and the potential for encouraging technological or non-technological solutions.
The options listed below explore the ways in which Congress can use policy tools
to implement these solutions, thus providing for improved water resource
sustainability. The policies are organized according to the type of water
resource problem they most directly address. Each policy option is presented
along with its anticipated first-order and potential higher-order impacts.