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Minutes Board of Directors meeting December 3, 2020

In attendance: Kirsten Wallace, Sue Lowry, Drew Dehoff, Jennifer Hoggatt, Amy Shallcross, Pooja Kanwar, Matt Unruh, Jodee Pring, Julie Cunningham and Brian Atkins

Decisions:

  • The Board adopted the 9 ICWP Principles Statements and they will be posted on the ICWP web site
  • ICWP Letter to President-elect Biden’s Transition Team will be sent and copies emailed to the staff at USGS and NWS we work most closely with so they know the message that was sent. 

Action Items:

  •  Continue with the next ICWP Board strategic planning session scheduled for December 21, 2020 with Tara Kuipers

Call to Order:

Kirsten called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m. Central time.  The Board summary from the November 5, 2020 call was approved.  Drew Dehoff made the motion to approve the summary and Jodee Pring seconded the motion. 

Treasurer’s Report:

Brian Atkins reviewed the Treasurer’s report and reported total net assets were $160,836.91 after expenses as of November 30, 2020.   A dues payment of $5,000 from the Missouri DNR was received during the month of November with $91,710 in dues received so far during this fiscal year.  The treasurer’s report is attached.

Executive Director’s Report:

The Executive Director’s Report dated November 30, 2020 is attached and was distributed to the full Board.  Sue Lowry, ICWP Executive Director, reported that she had a recent conversation with Doug Kluck, NOAA Regional Climate Services Director, Central Region, regarding Atlas 14.  Sue also reported that she had participated in the Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting that was held online, November 17-19, 2020.  Sue also participated in the American Water Resources Association’s (AWRA) Policy Panel during the 2020 AWRA Virtual Annual Water Resources Conference.

Committees:

Legislation and Policy (last call Nov. 19)

  • Kirsten Wallace, Committee Chair, and Sue Lowry led discussion during the board meeting regarding a draft letter from ICWP to President-Elect Biden’s Transition Team.  The Board directed Sue to finalize the letter with edits added about supporting modeling efforts like NGWOS, but not at the expense of support for the fundamental monitoring network.  She should send copies of the final letter to Don Cline, Mindi Dalton, Chad Wagner, Bob Joseph and Tom Graziano so they are aware of the letter. 
  • Sue mentioned Senate Bill 4462, the “Flood Level Observation, Operations, and Decision Support Act” or “FLOODS Act”.  The purpose of the bill is to establish a national integrated flood information system within NOAA and there is language in the bill for Atlas 14.
  • Sue also reported that she had talked with John Anderson with Van Scoyoc Associates about scheduling a call to discuss whether Van Scoyoc would have an interest in working with ICWP.
  • Next call on January 14, 2021.

Water Data and Science (last call Dec. 1)

  • Christopher Estes gave a presentation on Dec. 1st about the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships program that was part of the recently enacted federal legislation entitled “America’s Conservation Enhancement Act” that was passed October 2020.
  • Next meeting will be a joint all-committee webinar to be held on January 7, 2021 with a presentation by Jim Schneider from Olsson Associates.

Interstate Water Management (last call Dec. 1)

  • Peter Colohan (Internet of Water) presented on the Peer to Peer network during the Dec. 1st call. 
  • The Interstate report is finished and posted on the ICWP web site and final comments on the primer have been incorporated.
  • The Principles Statements for the committee have been finalized.
  • Future committee meetings will feature presentations on case studies of interstate compacts.
  • Next meeting will be a joint all-committee webinar to be held on January 7, 2021 with a presentation by Jim Schneider from Olsson Associates.

Water Planning (last call Nov. 2)

  • Susan Layton and Sharon Sartor are the new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Planning Assistance to the States (PAS) contacts.  Sue Lowry is working on scheduling a meeting with them.
  • Next meeting will be a joint all-committee webinar to be held on January 7, 2021 with a presentation by Jim Schneider from Olsson Associates.

Principles Statements:

A motion was made by Jennifer Hoggatt to adopt the 9 ICWP Principles Statements and for Sue to have the posted on the ICWP web site.  Amy Shallcross seconded the motion and the motion passed by unanimous voice vote.

Upcoming ICWP Meetings:

The next ICWP Board strategic planning session with Tara Kuipers is scheduled for December 21st.  Sue asked the Board members to review the Powerpoint slides that Tara prepared and edited before the December 21st session.

The Washington D.C. Roundtable is tentatively planned for 1 or 2 days during the week of April 12, 2021.

ICWP Internship Program:

Heidi Moltz has been working to set up Handshake accounts with universities for announcements regarding the ICWP Internship Program for the spring semester of 2021.  Sue planned to get the announcement out in early December 2020 and the applications will be due January 20, 2021.

Board Meetings:

Next call scheduled for January 7, 2021 at 9 a.m. Central time.

Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 10:05 a.m. Central Time by ICWP Chair Kirsten Wallace.