Water: Expert Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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Review of Proposals to the Bureau of Land Management on Wild Horse and Burro Sterilization or Contraception: A Letter Report (2015)

Evidence suggests that wild horse and burro populations are growing by 15 to 20 percent each year, a level that is unsustainable for maintaining healthy horse populations and healthy ecosystems. The most effective fertility control drugs available can reduce population growth rate only if delivered every one to three years to the majority of equids on the range. Both procuring or manufacturing the contraceptives and rounding up the animals fo... More >>

Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences (2015)

From monitoring coastal sea level rise to exploring subseafloor microbial communities, there has been a remarkable surge in understanding the ocean and its processes. This report presents eight strategic research priorities for 2015-2025 that will continue to advance ocean science knowledge. The report assesses the infrastructure needed to support this research, and makes recommendations for aligning current and planned infrastructure and budget... More >>

Review of California's Risk-Assessment Process for Pesticides (2015)

This report reviews the risk-assessment practices used by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation as part of its mission to ensure the protection of workers and public health. Overall, the study finds that the Department of Pesticide Regulation's risk-characterization documents are comprehensive and follow established risk-assessment practices. However, the bulk of the assessments duplicate much of the work of the US Environmenta... More >>

A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System (2015)

The U.S. food supply chain is deeply interconnected with human and environmental health, as well as social and economic systems. Decisions about food policies and practices, therefore, can have unintended impacts--both positive and negative. To arrive at a decision whose benefits outweigh its risks, decision makers must carefully consider a range of effects and interactions across the health, environmental, social, and economic domains.Thi... More >>

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Analysis of Cancer Risks in Populations Near Nuclear Facilities: Phase 2 Pilot Planning (2015)

This brief report provides an expert committee's advice to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) about general methodological considerations for carrying out a pilot study of cancer risks near seven nuclear facilities in the United States. The pilot study, which was a recommendation of a previous NAS report, aims to evaluate the technical feasibility of implementing two study designs described in that same report for carrying out a nationwid... More >>