Water Management Resources
USGS National Water Census

The USGS' National Water Census quantifies water supply and demand across the country, with the goal of achieving a sustainable water strategy to help meet the nation's water needs. The Delaware River Basin was a focus area of this USGS water availability initiative, and a three-year study was completed.

In 2018, the USGS selected the Delaware River Basin as a pilot for implementing the Nation’s next-generation (NextGen) integrated water observing system to provide data on water quantity and quality necessary to support modern water prediction and decision support systems for water emergencies and daily water operations. Click the link to learn more.

Integrated Water Resources Science and Services (IWRSS)

IWRSS is a 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.

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 (4.3 MB).

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