Information Strategies Work Group Meeting Minutes

Lafayette, Louisiana -- March 20-22, 2007

Curtis Cude, Peter Tennant, Jane Caffrey, Bill Cunningham, Don Dycus, Art Garceau, Neil Kamman, Danielle Kreeger, Gail Mallard, Mike McDonald, Leslie McGeorge, Chris Piehler, Bruce Prud’homme, Dan Radulescu, Dave Shepp, Chuck Spooner, Candie Wilderman, Tamim Younos.

The Water Information Strategies (WIS) Workgroup met in plenary session as well as separately in teams (Program Development & Network Design, Data Management & Access, and Data Analysis & Interpretation).

WIS Plenary Session

Dataset (NHD) Plus.  There are various scales of NHD resolution available in different regions.  NHD Plus includes information about streamflow discharge and velocity (where available), in addition to streamflow routing already available.  Questions arose about the applicability and standard use of NHD for assessment and reporting of water quality conditions, about the relationship between NHD and the Watershed Boundary Dataset, and about dataset stewardship and processes for feedback and error-reporting.  The Data Analysis & Interpretation Team will take the lead in contacting informed individuals (e.g., Tod Dabolt at EPA OW and Bob Pierce at USGS, both of ACWI’s Subcommittee on Spatial Water Data /spatial/index.html) to see who might best meet with the Council at our next meeting.  The Council agreed to consider where on the agenda of the next meeting would best serve such a discussion. 

Chuck Spooner briefed the group regarding EPA Office of Research and Development’s Advanced Monitoring Initiative, which was developed to assist in implementing the Integrated Earth Observing System (see http://www.epa.gov/GEOSS/factsheet/ami06.pdf for more information).  Upon review of the proposed projects, a wide variety of fascinating scientific advancements are promised and yet there does not seem to be a cohesive framework in which to place and track the results.  While no further action on the part of WIS was suggested at this time, in the future the WIS may be asked to look into recommended tools and processes to connect these efforts as there is some connection with the National Monitoring Network goals.  It is likely that the Data Management & Access will follow-up at that time.

WIS met with Bill Cunningham (USGS), co-chair of the ACWI Subcommittee on Ground Water (SoGW, see /sogw/index.html) to see how best to coordinate between the SoGW and the Council.  As the new SoGW develops contacts and informational needs, the Council and WIS may be able to provide experienced assistance.  As the Council and WIS continue to develop informational needs and products, we should be in close contact with SoGW to gain the benefit of their perspective and expertise.  Following is a list of suggested approaches to improve coordination:

WIS Team Meeting/Updates

Program Development & Network Design  Participants: Peter Tennant, Don Dycus, Art Garceau, Gail Mallard, Jane Caffrey, Tamim Younos, Dave Shepp, Mike McDonald, Candie Wilderman, Danielle Kreeger
The team discussed the specific tasks identified as within its purview. The following are the tasks together with the indicated approach/direction to address them:

EPA Element

Framework Cog

Monitoring Program Strategy

Develop Monitoring Objectives

Monitoring Objectives

Develop Monitoring Objectives

Monitoring Design 

Design Monitoring Program

Core and Supplemental Water Quality Indicators

Collect Field and Lab Data

Quality Assurance

Collect Field and Lab Data

Data Management

Compile and Manage Data

Data Analysis/Assessment

Assess and Interpret Data


Convey Findings and Evaluate Program

Programmatic Evaluation

Convey Findings and Evaluate Program

General Support and Infrastructure Planning


Data Management & Access:
Curtis Cude and Chuck Spooner discussed upcoming work related to Data Management & Access for the National Monitoring Network (NMN).  DM&A representatives (TBD) will meet (virtually) with NMN Pilot Project participants to determine the status of their data management and accessibility with respect to recommendations contained in Chapter 5 of the NMN Report (see /monitoring/network/design/ for link to entire report, as well as links to Appendices 5-1 to 5-3).  Following this determination, for each of the pilot projects an examination of what could be done to help the participants meet the recommendations will be undertaken, with the intent of assigning responsibility for action.  These meetings will afford opportunities to increase the awareness among pilot participants of the existence of other potential partners and tools.  As an example, there may be projects carried out under the Collaborative Large-scale Engineering Analysis Network for Environmental Research (http://cleaner.ncsa.uiuc.edu/home/) within the geographic scope of the pilot project.  As a further example, discovery of data within the pilot project could be enhanced by describing and posting relevant metadata to a portal, e.g., FGDC/geodata.gov - http://gos2.geodata.gov/wps/portal/gos, NASA/Global Change Master Directory - http://gcmd.nasa.gov/, or CUAHSI/Hydrologic Information System - http://www.cuahsi.org/his/.  Further research is needed to determine the connectivity between these (and similar) services. 

Data Analysis & Interpretation: Participants: Dan Radulescu, Leslie McGeorge, Neil Kamman, Chris Piehler

Announcements and Events

If you would like to share information with WIS regarding upcoming events taking place during the next year, please forward the information to Curtis Cude (cude.curtis@deq.state.or.us) for inclusion in subsequent WIS updates.

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