In attendance: Amy Shallcross, Sue Lowry, Drew Dehoff, Heidi Moltz, Jodee Pring, Lauren Salvato, Earl Lewis, Julie Cunningham, Rhonda Manning, Jennifer Hoggatt and Brian Atkins

Decisions:

  • The Board voted to approve Rhonda Manning to fill the remainder of Jennifer Orr-Greene’s term on the Board that expires October 2020

Action Items:

  • Sue Lowry asked that each of the Board members go to the ICWP Board web site and make sure that a photograph and testimonial has been posted for each member; if not, please submit a photo or testimonial as needed to Sue
  • Amy Shallcross and Sue Lowry will work on the letter to Jim Kreft (USGS) regarding NWIS modernization
  • Rhonda Manning will follow up with her contacts with West Virginia to talk with them about renewing their membership with ICWP
  • Amy Shallcross will gather information about the possibility of the 2020 ICWP Annual Meeting being held in Philadelphia in October
  • Sue Lowry will send a draft letter to the Board members for their review regarding the USGS and ACWI
  • Sue Lowry will work on planning an ICWP Board strategy session in Estes Park, Colorado during the week of August 24, 2020

Business:

Amy called the meeting to order at 10:02 am Central time.  The agenda was not modified. The Board summary from the December 12, 2019 call was approved.  Drew Dehoff made the motion and Amy Shallcross seconded. 

Treasurer’s Report:

Drew Dehoff reviewed the Treasure’s report.  Total assets were $129,705.37 and total expenses and liabilities were $6,125.15 as of December 31, 2019.   See attached spreadsheet for the detailed Treasurer’s report.

Executive Director Report:

The Executive Director Report dated November 30, 2019 is attached and was distributed to the full Board.

2020 ICWP Internship Program:

The announcement regarding 2020 ICWP Internship Program was posted to 8 universities on the Handshake web site and Heidi Moltz also sent the announcement to her university contacts.  The deadline for applications to be submitted to ICWP is January 17, 2020.  Work topics will be decided once the applications have been submitted and evaluated.

ACWI: 

The Board discussed sending a letter from ICWP to Don Cline, USGS, expressing ICWP’s disappointment with the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) recent announcement that the Advisory Committee for Water Information (ACWI) had been moved to administratively inactive status until further notice.  Whereas everyone was disappointed about the announcement, the Board expressed a desire to affirm that ACWI provided value and a benefit to ICWP’s members and we hope that ACWI can be active again in the future.

Committees:

A joint ICWP all-committee webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Central time to discuss the ICWP Priorities Survey.  A joint committee webinar is being held because there was significant overlap among the committees on several of the topics identified in the survey so the joint webinar will provide an opportunity to discuss the results of the survey and how to incorporate the priorities into the various committee workplans.  

Legislation and Policy (met Dec. 6) 

  • Sue mentioned that she had a conversation with Chuck Chaitovitz, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, regarding support for Resilience Revolving Fund legislation and that the committee may discuss this further.  
  • Sue participated and provided comments during a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) stakeholder call on Dec. 11 regarding the draft Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill in 2020.  Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) was also discussed on the call.   
  • Next meeting Jan. 23.

Water Data and Science (met Nov. 18)   

  • The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Executive Council met in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 5; the drought budget received a nice increase in the budget bill that passed on Dec. 20th.  
  • The committee will work on the ICWP letter of support to Jim Kreft, USGS, for National Water Information System (NWIS) modernization.  The main focus of the congressional stakeholder letter to be sent in 2020 will be on basic data collection but will also reference how important the data is for model calibration.
  • Vicki Lukas, USGS, will give a presentation at the next committee meeting on Jan. 23.

Interstate Water Management (met Nov. 5)

  • A graphics design person with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is working on the interstate committee report to enhance its appearance.  The primer and the release of the final Interstate Committee report is set for January 2020.  
  • Next meeting Jan. 28 and report progress will be discussed as well as discussion on work plan for 2020.

Water Planning (met Nov. 28) 

  • Next meeting will be Jan. 23.

Membership:

Dues payments continue to trickle in as Illinois and Colorado submitted their dues payments during December.  We are still waiting for dues payments from Indiana; Barr Engineering pays by calendar year, so they are expected to submit their dues payment in January.  Sue has had discussions with Olsson about Olsson joining ICWP as a sustaining partner.  

Sue reported that West Virginia was uncertain about paying their dues and Rhonda Manning agreed to reach out to her contacts in West Virginia.  Amy will get a contact with the Delaware Geological Survey to Sue to add to the prospects list distributions. 

Sue plans to work with Eric Robinson with In-Situ (a Bronze member) to develop a letter to send to Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) members.  She is also working developing a 50-state mailing list for a state-focused letter for USGS support that would be sent to the administration as many states cannot sign on to the congressional letter.

Upcoming ICWP Meetings:

The 2020 Washington, D.C. Roundtable — week of March 30, 2020 

  • The registration announcement will be out soon.  Sue encouraged everyone to go ahead and make hotel reservations as soon as possible.

2020 Annual Meeting — October 2020 

  • Amy Shallcross’ administrative assistant with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has been working on gathering hotel information in Philadelphia for the annual meeting.  No date has been decided on yet but will probably during the first three weeks in October 2020.  

The Board also discussed the possibility of having a summer Board planning session in Estes Park, CO in August 2020 as it did in August 2018.   Sue will look at availability for the week of August 24th.

Other Business:

Jennifer Orr-Greene recently left the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and Rhonda Manning (also with PADEP) agreed to serve on the board in Jennifer’s position until her term expires in October 2020.  A motion was made by Earl Lewis for Rhonda to fill the remainder of Jennifer’s term, seconded by Drew Dehoff, and passed by unanimous voice vote.

Sue Lowry asked that each of the Board members go to the ICWP Board web site and make sure that a photograph and testimonial has been posted for each member; if not, please submit a photo or testimonial as needed to Sue.  

Amy mentioned that we need to begin to work on developing a new statement of principles for ICWP but they need to be brief.  Unfortunately, the statement of principles are so old that it might be best if we start from the beginning, rather than try to modify the existing ones.  Sue will add this topic to each of the committee agendas and ask the committees to select 1-3 high priority topics that warrant the development of a Statement of Principle for the issue. 

Board Meetings 

Next call scheduled for Feb. 6th at 10:00 a.m. Central time and then March 5th.  

The meeting adjourned at 3:08 p.m. C.T. Drew moved; Brian seconded.  All approved by unanimous voice vote.