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Water Data and Science Committee Meeting Summary: August 31st, 2022

Meeting Summary

Water Data & Science Committee

August 31, 2022



Link to Meeting Recording:  https://youtu.be/KVpJOjMhAOs

  1. Call to Order—Chair Amy Shallcross -DRBC called to order at 3:00 pm Central.
  2. Introductions of Participants on the call: Amy Shallcross (Committee Chair), Beth Callaway (ICWP Executive Director), Adel Abdallah, Becca Emery, Brian Atkins, Eric Robinson, Han Wei, Jens Proche, Joy Loughry, Kay Whittington, Matt Ables, Melinda Fegler, Katie Roth, Tony Willardson, Laura St. Pierre
  3. Topics in the works
    1. Atlas 14 updates
      • Funded by states and other users on a cost-reimbursable basis
      • Association of Floodplain Managers – Notice was issued that funding will be secured for 5 years for Atlas 15; does that mean that Atlas 14 is moot? Next steps: Please come prepared with any additional information on the current status for next meeting.
    2. NOAA updates
      • Federal water sub-cabinet – ICWP to meet with NOAA Administrator Spinrad on September 16th
      • Seasonal to Sub-Seasonal Forecasting
        • ICWP has submitted two recent letters:
          • March 2021 to Barrasso requesting appropriations for a western pilot for S2S forecasting
          • August 2018 letter to NWS requesting use of Hurricane Forecasting Improvement Project as a model to improve S2S forecasting
          • Western States Water Council has been supportive of S2S; report request submitted for pilot projects in Arctic and tropics, addition to those in the W Those funds have not been appropriated yet.
    3. Legislation & Policy Committee request for WD&S recommendations:
      1. USGS WUDR program
        1. Members expressed interested to expand eligibility to interstate entities and encourage participation directly to states who have not fully utilized the program.
      2. FY2024 agency budget priorities – NASA, USGS, NOAA, USDA/NRCS, Corps
        1. USGS Streamgaging – Committee agreed to L&P’s recommendation to advocate for adequate funding to cover inflationary costs of the network
        2. Katie Roth noted that Hawaii would be interested to get more funding to USGS to offset costshare agreement costs.
      3. USGS National Land Imaging Program Landsat Next — Committee agreed to L&P’s recommendation to advocate for adequate funding
  1. Committee check-in
    1. Raising committee profile/ increasing engagement
      • Next steps: The committee agreed to exploring this further at future meetings
    2. What federal purposes do we need to emphasize; what can the feds do for us?
      • Next steps: The committee agreed to exploring this further. Amy and Beth will work together to prepare a preliminary list of recommended topics relative to the committee’s work plan.
    3. WD&S 2022 Workplan updates
  1. Tracking activities
    1. 3531 National Climate Adaptation & Resilience Strategy Act
      • ICWP signed onto the Resilience Coalition sent a letter to Congress August 2nd
  1. Guest speakers and roundtable discussion: ICWP members In Situ, Kisters, and Xylem shared industry updates on the latest trends in water data and technology.
    1. Eric Robinson from In Situ – The biggest shift in water monitoring in the last few years. More efficient, flexible, easier to use. Everything can be set up and managed via GUI interfaces on cell phones and tablets. Coding has disappeared. Cost of setting up stations has been reduced dramatically. Moving away from requiring liquid calibration on sensors; shifting to solid state calibrators. More developed systems that draw on significantly more data can be put out for lower cost in more locations, advances the ability for higher quality data. Allows rollout
    2. Laura St Pierre from Xylem – Improvements are enabling better ease of data viewing, making equipment accessible to less technically trained personnel. Preferences are for simplified equipment use, extending unattended deployments, adding parameters, improving data accessibility. Laura shared examples of how these improvements have shrunk the footprint of wet-chemistry analyzers, new sensors, next generation technologies for hydrographic data, plus new remote control/autonomous vehicles. Increasing data accessibility is important.
    3. Becca Emery and Jens Proche from Kisters – Seeing more data sharing with the public, so developing a lot of data portals. Technology advances are allowing analytics, processing, and authoring of data to supply for public consumption. Customers are using the data for longer term data records (i.e.- decades). Keeping up with the volume of data is important and there is increased emphasis on consistency checks.
  1. Set next meeting — ~end of September