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- Integrated Water Resources Science and Services (IWRSS)
- USGS National Water Census
- Links to Other Web Sites, Papers, and Reports
IWRSS is a new federal initiative supported by a consortium consisting of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These federal partner agencies are collaborating to design, develop, and implement a national water modeling and information services framework to:
- Infuse new hydrologic science into current water resource management;
- Develop hydrologic techniques and information to support operational water resources decisions; and
- Provide advanced hydrologic services to meet stakeholder needs
In 2012, NOAA reached out to the DRBC to assist the IWRSS federal partner agencies to convene a group of basin stakeholders to learn about the hydrologic services IWRSS can provide, identify key gaps that IWRSS might fill to inform water resources decision making, and discuss possible demonstration projects to build capacity for integrated water resources management in the Delaware River Basin. DRBC hosted a forum to discuss IWRSS in December 2012.
- IWRSS Information Sheet (pdf 138 KB)
- December 13, 2012 Forum Hosted by DRBC to Discuss IWRSS
- Executive Summary (pdf 229 KB)
- Powerpoint by Dr. Tom Graziano, Chief, Hydrologic Services Division, NOAA/NWS (pdf 1 MB)
- Powerpoint by Carol R. Collier, Executive Director, DRBC (pdf 985 KB)
The IWRSS project also engaged stakeholders in the Potomac, Hudson, and Susquehanna river basins in one-day forums to obtain input on priority needs in their basins.
To supplement input obtained at the forums, the IWRSS federal partner agencies invited a broader group of basin stakeholders representing 11 sectors to complete an online survey in 2013. These efforts provided detailed qualitative information about water resources managment needs as well as insights into the socioeconomic benefits of providing these services.
The IWRSS Mid-Atlantic Stakeholder Engagement Report was completed in the spring of 2014 and can be viewed at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/resources/IWRSS_FinalReport_Mid%20A_LS.pdf (4.3 MB).
There is a great need for an improved understanding of water use and water availability. Presently, no comprehensive national assessment of water resources exists. USGS and its partners (including DRBC) are making progress towards a National Water Census which will thoroughly quantify water supply and demand across the country. The Delaware River Basin is one of three focus areas under review as part of this USGS water availability initiative. The other two areas are the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin and the Colorado River Basin.
The Water Census is part of an overarching Department of the Interior (DOI) initiative called WaterSMART ("Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow"). Through WaterSMART, DOI is working to achieve a sustainable water strategy to help meet the nation's water needs. The Water Census will help inform that strategy.
- Delaware River Basin Water Census Focus Area Study: Presentation given by Jeff Fischer, USGS, at October 22, 2013 DRBC Water Management Advisory Committee Meeting (pdf 2.7 MB)
- DRBC Participates in Congressional Briefing on National Water Census (Sept. 13, 2013)
- Delaware River Basin Focus Area Study
- News Release: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Releases Progress Report to Congress (April 3, 2013)
- DOI/USGS Report to Congress: Progress Toward Establishing a National Assessment of Water Availability and Use (April 3, 2013)
- National Water Census Web Site
- American Water Resources Association: Case Studies in Integrated Water Resources Management: From Local Stewardship to National Vision (Nov. 2012; pdf 2 MB)
- Delaware Estuary Regional Sediment Management Plan Workgroup: Delaware Estuary Regional Sediment Management Plan (pdf 5 MB) and Appendices (6.5 MB) This report was finalized in August 2013.
- Delaware River Basin Commission:
- Self-Evident Truths about Water Management (pdf 53 KB) This listing was compiled by former DRBC Exec. Dir. Carol R. Collier.
- Sustainable Water Resources Management in the United States: Use of River Basin Commissions to Promote Economic Development, While Protecting the Environment and Improving Community Quality (pdf 2.3 MB) This paper was written by Carol R. Collier in 2004 for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Ms. Collier was part of a nine person U.S./China/Japan team to assist the Peoples Republic of China with river basin management.
- Visioning the Upper Delaware River Valley - "A Basin-Wide Collaboration" (pdf 24 KB; guest column by Carol R. Collier appearing in the February 23 - March 1, 2006 edition of The River Reporter, Narrowsburg, N.Y.)
- Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission: Accessing the Tidal Delaware: Pennsylvania (2012 publication)
- The Shale Network: A multidisciplinary project funded by the National Science Foundation to help scientists and citizens collect and store data for water resources that may be affected by gas exploitation in the Marcellus Shale
- UN Water: Integrated Water Resources Management
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
- U.S. EPA's Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST):