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BUREAU OF THE BUDGET, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1964.

CIRCULAR No. A-67 To: The heads of executive departments and establishments. Subject: Coordination of Federal activities in the acquisition of certain water

data. 1. Purpose and corcrage.-This Circular prescribes guidelines for coordination of Federal activities in acquiring water data from streams, lakes, reservoirs. estuaries and ground waters. Included in such activities are the obtaining of quantitative and qualitative data, their processing, publication, and storage. Excluded are activities concerned with research plots and experimental watersheds, and data on precipitation, evaporation, snow accumulation, and soil moisture.

The Geological Survey of the Department of the Interior acquires basic water data on the water resources of the Nation. A number of other agencies acquire special water data in support of their respective missions. The basic and the specialized activities need to be closely and continually coordinated to assure effective and economical management of resources in meeting user requirements.

The guidelines outlined in this Circular contemplate that (a) the Department of the Interior will operate a national network for acquiring water data ; (b) the user agencies will arrange for the acquisition of specialized water data that cannot be provided efficiently, and in a timely manner, through the national network; (c) certain procedures will be followed to facilitate close interagency consultation in the acquisition of water data ; and (d) the Department of the Interior will conduct a continuing and systematic review directed toward efficient coordination of Federal water data acquisition activities.

Agencies needing particular water data in support of their missions will, to the extent practicable, be responsible for funding for the attendant data acquisition activities. The Bureau of the Budget will assist agencies in effecting adjustments in funding arrangements required to conform with the division of responsibilities set forth in this Circular.

2. Responsibility for water data acquisition.---(a) The Department of the Interior is responsible for the design and operation of the national network for acquiring data on the quantity and quality of surface and ground waters, including sediment load of streams. Except as set forth in paragraph 2b below the network will meet the water quantity measurement requirements of all Federal agencies and will provide water quality measurements common to the needs of two or more agencies.

(b) Departments and agencies whose operating requirements cannot be met efficiently through the national network, including appropriate adjustments therein, will arrange for specialized data acquisition. Determination as to the need for specialized data is entirely the responsibility of the user agencies. Such data are normally obtained in circumstances characterized by:

(1) short observation periods, e.g., measurements of streams during low flow to determine their capacity for receiving waste;

(2) unstable quantity and quality parameters, e.g., measurements of the drastic changes in dissolved oxygen content resulting from industrial pollution ;

(3) need for costly and rarely used instrumentation, e.g., gas chromatographic equipment to measure minute concentrations of organic chemicals resulting from pesticide residues ;

(4) concentration of measurements within a limited reach or area, e.g., measuring surface profiles of water for the design of levees in flood control programs;

(5) need for special skills not available in the agency operating the national network, e.g., detecting the presence of viruses and related living and physical properties;

(6) need for immediate reporting of data, from either a national network or special station, e.g., reports required for river forcasting. (c) In operating the national network the Department of the Interior will utilize the services of other agencies in acquiring national network water data when such cooperative arrangements are more effective or economical than having the Department acquire such data. Conversely, agencies needing water data to meet their special operating requirements should first determine the availability of the services of the Department of the Interior. Only if such a cooperatire ar. rangement or use of other agencies' facilities is found by the user agency. after consuitation with potential cooperating agencies, to be less efficient or clearly impracticable, will the agency undertake data acquisition activities. Each agency will coordinate its activities with those of a similar nature beng conducted under state and local auspices.

(d) The Department of the Interior will maintain a central catalog of information on national network and specialized water data and on Federal activities being planned or conducted to acquire such data. That Department, with the assistance of user agencies, should organize the national network data and catalog of information on specialized data in such form as to facilitate maximum use by agencies and other interested parties of the cataloging facilities. In addition, user agencies will maintain on file such water data as are necessary in the efficient conduct of their respective operational missions, and to respond to requests for specialized data and their evaluation and interpretation.

3. Procedures for coordination.-(a) The Department of the Interior is responsible for exercising leadership in achieving effective coordination of national network and specialized water data acquisition activites. The Department, with the participation of other agencies concerned, will undertake review of water data requirements and activities with the objectives of (1) identifying common needs for water data and establishing, and revising as appropriate, national network data acquisition activities, (2) advising user agencies promptly of the extent to which the national network can meet their special requirements for water data, and (3) achieving optimal coordination of network and specialized data activities in order to meet, effectively and economically, the variety of needs for water data. With the advice and assistance of other agencies concerned, the Department will establish procedures designed to carry out its responsibilities under this Circular.

(b) In consonance with procedural objectives in paragraph 3a above the Department of the Interior will prepare and keep current a Federal plan, and the status of its implementation, for the efficient utilization of network and related specialized water data acquisiion activities. Planning should be directed towards the establishment of both long-range and intermediate agency objectives and the development of water data acquisition activities related to both sets of objectives. The plan should clearly identify planning assumptions, any unresolved inter agency issues, and the views of the agencies concerned. The Department of the Interior should assure that the plan, relating proposed activities to fiscal year and longer range objectives, is availablie for review of the various agencies' budgets for fiscal year 1966 and for annual previews of the budgets thereafter.

In preparing and revising the plan, the Department of the Interior will obtain the advice and assistance of the principal agencies providing or utilizing water data. The Department should exercise leadership in assuring that differences of opinion are resolved expeditiously.

(c) Any major differences among agencies with respect to matters within the purview of this Circular, that cannot be resolved through consultation, may be referred by the head of any agency concerned to the Director of the Bureau of the Budget.



May 26, 1970. W. E. Brothers, Executive Officer, BEPS:

1. The purpose of this memo is to modify our letter of agreement dated June 3, 1969, by authorizing increased funding for research for the project. “Reduction of Atmospheric Pollution by Application of Fluidized Bed Combustion,” by the Argonne National Laboratory, Atomic Energy Commission. See attached Scope of Work and Milestone Chart.

2. The National Air Pollution Control Administration will provide additional funds in the total amount of $300,000 for this work. This modification is a logical continuation of the present study, and would constitute the third year of what was estimated to be a three-year program when the initial agreement was signed two years ago. The period of this modification should be from June 15, 1970 to June 15, 1971.

3. Eight copies of technical progress reports are to be presented monthly. Thirty copies of a final report will be due following completion of the modification. Mr. P. P. Turner, Industrial Process Section, Division of Process Control Engineering, telephone FTS-513-634–2736, is designated Project Officer for VAPCA. 4. Your expeditious handling of this matter will be appreciated.


BUREAU OF MINES The following letter was sent to Director Osborn and Acting Director Zinner of the Bureau of Mines:


Rockville, Md., November 16, 1970.
Director, Bureau of Mines,
Department of the Interior,
Washington, D.C.

Acting Director, Bureau of Mines,
Department of the Interior,
Washington, D.C.

DEAR DR. ZINNER: The National Air Pollution Control Administration would like to enter into an agreement with the Bureau of Mines to support the continuation of research projects during FY 1971 that will be performed under the authority of the Air Quality Act, as amended. Information concerning these projects was provided in your September 24, 1970 letter to me.

Various meetings and discussions have been held between representatives of NAPCA and the Bureau concerning these projects. The latest meeting being held between representatives of our respective agencies at the Bartlesville Petroleum Research Center on October 7, 1970 concerning the automotive emissions work. As a result, the following projects will be supported in FY 1971 at the funding levels indicated below:

Bureau of Mines project number and title



Coal cleaning (controlled account No. 1-9224572):

1101 --Occurence and removal of pyritic sulfur from American coals.
1102-Detailed coal analysis..
1103--Removal of pyrite from coal by tabling.
1104--Removal of pyrite from coal on a Humphrey spiral of conventional design
1105--Desulfurization of coal by Froth flotation-pilot plant study..
1106--Electrokinetic separation nf pyrite from coal.
1107 --Field evaluation of preparation equipment.
1108 -NAPCA prototype coal washing plant.

1109--Agglomo-separation study (oi!).
Fluidized bed combustion (controlled account No. 1-9224572):

1116-Fluidized-bed combustion

1190 Mireial and inorganic pollutants from fluidized combustors. New process development (controlled account No. 1-9224571):

1301- Evaluation of metal oxides as sorbents for SO2 in powerplant flue gases.



57, 000 50.000 50,000 96, 000 25,000 56.000 75.000 100, 000

240,000 25,000


976, 000


Photochemical reactivity (controlled account No. 1-9224557):

Not assigned-Characteristics and photochemical reactivity of automotive fuel components and combustion

products. Fuel-diesel engines (controlled account No. 1-9224558):

Not assigned-interaction of fuel and engine factors influencing exhaust emissions. Fuel IC engines (controlled account No. 1-9224558):

Not assigned--Products of combustion of distillate fuels for motive power.



Continuation of the project concerniing the “Availability of Low-Sulfur Coals” was outlined in a separate letter to the Bureau of Mines dated August 21. 1970.

Funds in the total amount of $1,516,000 for the projects listed above, will be made arailable during FY 1971. Continuation of these projects into FY 1972 will be contingent upon the availability of funds and the mutual consent of our respective agencies at that time.

Request for advance payment not to exceed $100,000 per quarter should be made by submitting a Standard Form 1081 (set of eight) to the Fiscal Office, Office of Administration, National Air Pollution Control Administration, 411 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham, N.C. 27701 ; Attention : Examination Unit. The request for payment should identify the amount applicable to each project supported by the Bureau of Mines project number and the VAPCA Controlled Account Number (CAN), along with obligation number 6W209.

Technical progress reports should he submitted quarterly. The last quarterly report should represent an annual project summary reflecting the accomplishments of the project in relation to the scope and objectives outlined in the Bureau of Mines letter transmitting the project plans for FY 1971.

Mr. Willis E. Brothers, Executive Officer, Bureau of Enginnering and Physical Sciences, may be contacted on FTS-919-755-4081 on behalf of VAPCA concerning administrative matters relating to this agreement. Technical progress reports should be submitted to his office at 1330 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, N.C. 27605.

If the above arrangements are satisfactory, I would appreciate your returning two of the four copies of this letter with your signature indicating approval. Sincerely yours,

John T. MIDDLETON, Commissioner. Approval.

Dr. ELBURT F. OSBORN, Director, Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior. Approval. December 11, 1970.

Dr. PAUL ZINNER, Acting Diretcor, Bureau of Mincs, Department of Interior. VOTE.-For additional information relative to Bureau of vines, see "U.S. Department of Interior: Breau of Mines, Annual Progress Report, Fiscal Year 1970."

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