,

Minutes Board of Directors meeting March 3, 2022

In Attendance: Drew Dehoff, Sue Lowry, Julie Cunningham, Pooja Kanwar, Heidi Moltz, Amy Shallcross, Mabel Jones, and Brian Atkins

 

Call to Order:

Drew Dehoff, ICWP Board Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m. Central time.  The Board summary from the February 3, 2022 call was approved.  Amy Shallcross made the motion to approve the summary and Pooja Kanwar seconded the motion.  The meeting summary was approved by unanimous voice vote.

 

Treasurer’s Report:

Brian Atkins reviewed the Treasurer’s Report and reported total assets were $159,153.88 after expenses as of February 28, 2022.  The treasurer’s report is attached.

 

Executive Director’s Report:

The Executive Director’s Report dated February 28, 2022 is attached and was distributed the full Board.  Executive Director, Sue Lowry, mentioned several items that included:

  • Participating on a recent conference call with Joe Manous, Director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)) Institute for Water Resources (IWR) and Adel Abdallah, Water Data Exchange Program Coordinator with the Western States Water Council (WSWC);
  • Signing onto a letter of support from the U.S. Chamber Resiliency Coalition on the National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act draft legislation;
  • Sue has been invited to participate in the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Subcommittee on Water meeting on March 10, 2022 to provide an overview of the “ask” in the USGS Stakeholder letter for FY 2023.

 

Drew Dehoff reported that the Executive Director search committee had selected three candidates to interview for the ICWP Executive Director position.  A special Board of Directors call will be scheduled for later in March if a candidate is selected so that an announcement can be made before the Washington, D.C. Roundtable in April.

 

 

Committees:

 

Legislation and Policy – last met on March 2; next meeting April 13

  • Sue Lowry reported that Van Scoyoc and Associates had developed a proposal to help ICWP with amending indemnification requirements for Project Partnership Agreements with the USACE

 

Water Data and Science – last met on Feb. 1; next meeting March 28

  • Amy Shallcross reported that the February 1st meeting featured a presentation by John Feldt, Founder and President of Blue Water Outlook (BWO) and Sue Lowry sent an email to ICWP members that BWO was offering a free 30-day trial of its weather information services.
  • The FY2023 USGS streamgage funding support letter has been sent out for review.
  • The committee may look at the National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act draft legislation.

 

Interstate Water Management – last met on February 9; next meeting on April 18

  • The Interstate Water Management Committee will sponsor several all-committee webinars this year that will focus on trans-basin diversions. The February 9th meeting focused on the trans-basin diversion from the Delaware River to New York City and presented by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).
  • Future speakers will be scheduled for other trans-basin diversion presentations.

 

Water Planning –  last met on January 24, 2022; next meeting on March 7

  • Sue reported the January 24th meeting featured a presentation by ICWP Board member Katherine Zitsch regarding water management planning activities in north Georgia.
  • The March 7th meeting will feature a presentation by Erik Smith, USGS Water-Use Data and Research Program Coordinator.

 

Internship Program for Spring, 2022 Semester:

Sue Lowry reported that three interns had been selected for ICWP internships.  The interns are:

 

  • Kelly Shen, Duke University
  • Kimber Logan, University of Wyoming
  • Natalie von Turkovich, Duke University

 

The interns will be focusing on Climate Adaptation/Federal Agency plans; Irrigation infrastructure; and reviewing the new USGS circular on Water Research institutes and fleshing out any state meeting convened with the Nicholas Institute to implement Aspen Institute recommendations.

 

Upcoming ICWP Meetings:

  • Sue mentioned the 2022 Washington DC Roundtable scheduled to take place April 5-7, 2022, at the DoubleTree Crystal City. The Roundtable will be co-sponsored by ICWP, WSWC, and the National Water Supply Alliance (NWSA).  Sue encouraged everyone to go ahead and register and make hotel reservations.
  • The 2022 ICWP Annual Meeting will be held October 25-27, 2022 in Davenport, Iowa at the Black Hawk Hotel. The dates for the Annual Meeting are firm but Sue is working with the hotel to finalize the contract.

 

Board Meetings:

The first Thursday in April will fall during the Washington Roundtable and the Board may meet at some point during the Roundtable depending upon how many Board members are able to attend in person.  The following meeting date will be May 5.

 

Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 12:01 p.m. Central Time.