In attendance: Amy Shallcross, Sue Lowry, Drew Dehoff, Heidi Moltz, Jodee Pring, Kirsten Wallace, Matt Unruh (for Earl Lewis), Julie Cunningham, Rhonda Manning, and Brian Atkins

Decisions:

  • The Board voted for Sue to reach out to a new intern candidate and hire her for the spring semester if suitable

Action Items:

  • Sue will talk to the new intern candidate;
  • People need to respond to Sue regarding whether they can attend the August strategic planning session in Estes Park, Colorado
  • We need for everyone to provide their comments very soon on the USGS streamgaging support letter

Business:

Amy called the meeting to order at 10:03 am Central time.  The agenda was not modified.  The Board summary from the February 6, 2020 call was approved by unanimous voice vote.  Jodee Pring made the motion to approve and Drew Dehoff seconded.  

Treasurer’s Report:

Drew Dehoff reviewed the Treasure’s report.  Total net assets were $116,310.94 after expenses as of February 29, 2020; see attached spreadsheet for the detailed Treasurer’s report.  Dues payment from West Virginia was received during February; however, we are waiting for dues payments from Indiana and Barr Engineering.    

Executive Director Report:

The Executive Director Report dated February 29, 2020 is attached and was distributed to the full Board.  In addition, a new intern candidate contacted Sue and asked if the intern opportunity for the spring semester was still available. After some discussion, the Board voted and approved a motion for Sue to respond to an intern candidate and if she is a suitable candidate, bring her on board as an unpaid intern for the spring semester.  Heidi Moltz made the motion, Rhonda Manning seconded, and the Board approved it by a unanimous voice vote.

Committees:

Legislation and Policy (Feb. 28) 

  • A letter from the ICWP was sent to the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee regarding WRDA2020 during February;
  • A letter from the ICWP was sent to R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regarding the Corps’ announcement to withdraw the proposed Water-Supply Rule during February;
  • Sue is working on scheduling an ICWP all-committee call with Veva Deheza with NOAA regarding the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS);
  • Kirsten Wallace mentioned the possibility of a letter of support from ICWP regarding NOAA’s Atlas 14 initiative;
  • Next meeting May 14.

Water Data and Science (met Feb. 27)   

  • The committee talked about benefits of NOAA’s Atlas 14 initiative;
  • Mark Svoboda from NOAA spoke during the call and said a letter of support from ICWP for baseline funding support for NIDIS would be greatly appreciated;
  • Sue is working on scheduling an ICWP all-committee call with Veva Deheza with NOAA regarding the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS);
  • A letter from the ICWP was sent to Jim Kreft, USGS, regarding support for modernization of the USGS NWISWeb;
  • The coalition stakeholder letter on streamgaging support addressed to House and Senate Appropriations sub-committees is being sent around to ICWP Board and committee members for suggested edits. The letter will then be sent to potential stakeholder groups to get their approval to add their signature. 
  •  Next meeting will be set depending upon Veva’s availability to present a webinar.

Interstate Water Management 

  • Drew Dehoff reported that the interstate report and primer should be ready before the Washington, D.C. Roundtable in April.  A graphic designer is completing the final layout.
  • The next committee call will be set for after the Roundtable. 

Water Planning (met March 2) 

  • Kelly Smith, National Drought Mitigation Center, was the speaker;  
  • Topics for the next couple of meetings has been set;
  • Next meeting will be March 18.

Upcoming ICWP Meetings:

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

  • The registration announcement is on-line.  Sue encouraged everyone to make hotel reservations as soon as possible.
  • The agenda had to be rearranged because some of the Water Subcabinet members were not available for April 1st.   The ICWP attendees can go with a group to Capitol Hill to deliver the USGS streamgaging support letters or attend other meetings.
  • Because of the schedule reshuffling, the meeting with the USGS will be on Monday afternoon. 

Summer Board Planning Session — week of August 24, 2020 

  • Will be held in Estes Park, CO at the same location as before (Monday – Wednesday);
  • Sue needs a firm count and will send an email to Board members asking them to check their schedules and whether they can attend.

2020 Annual Meeting — week of October 12, 2020 

  • The annual meeting will be held in Philadelphia, PA the week of October 12th at the Wyndham Hotel in Philadelphia’s Historic District (Tuesday – Thursday).

Board Meetings 

Next call scheduled for May 7th at 10:00 a.m. Central time.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m. Central time.