Committee Meetings & Priorities

Water Data & Science Committee Meetings: Amy Shallcross (DRBC) is the Committee Chair, and the Committee normally meets for about 1 hour on the last Friday of each month by telephone starting at 10am Central Time. The meetings are open to any ICWP Member and the agenda will be distributed (with call-in details) during the week before each meeting. Recent Meeting Notes. Any Member interested in joining this Committee effort is encouraged to contact Sue Lowry or Amy Shallcross

Priorities of the Committee: This Committee will expand the successful streamgage program initiatives into a broader engagement in water data and science programs, with a more technical focus, and bring additional expertise from a broader group of Member representatives into the effort. The current topic/issue opportunities we are pursuing include: the USGS design for a national assessment of water use & availability; the flood inundation mapping program that USGS and NOAA are building, the Risk MAP project that FEMA is developing, the regional studies under NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (“NIDIS”), USGS’s Water Census and the BOR Colorado River Basin Study. The Committee is also interested in opportunities to improve the connection between data collection, model development and decision support tools, and the accessibility and compatibility of data collected by others (e.g., through development of a “water data portal,” data collection protocols and increased communication among the agencies/organizations that collect and use water data).

Toolbox Enhancement:In our pursuit of opportunities to help guide the various federal agencies’ investment in new and improved tools for data management and decision support, we’re developing a Toolbox Inventory/Reference.  This is a work in progress, aimed toward a web-accessible summary of available tools, including a brief description of their capabilities, data needs, etc., organized for efficient searching & comparison. If we are successful, this is designed to help Members find and understand more of the tools that are already available and inform our advice to federal agencies and to Congress concerning the most valuable enhancements.  We also found a very useful inventory assembled by the US Bureau of Reclamation and the Texas A&M University.  Your feedback will really help us!