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June 27, 2012

WATER MISSION AREA MEMORANDUM NO. 12.02

Subject: Hydrologic Activities Supported by the Cooperative Water Program

This memorandum reiterates Water Mission Area (WMA) (formerly Water Resources Discipline) policy on hydrologic activities supported by the Cooperative  Water Program (CWP).  It supersedes Water Resource Memorandum  84.21.

Criteria and guidelines to be considered in decisions by Water Science Centers to pursue joint hydrologic activities are categorized by (1) Legal and Administrative Constraints; (2) Policy; and (3) Mission, Priorities, and Information Value. Reference to existing companion CWP policies is included in this memorandum, such as the long-standing and firm WMA policy on Avoiding Competition with the Private Sector (Memorandum 12.01).

All CWP activities and information must contribute to the overall mission of the WMA and USGS to foster an improved understanding of the Nation's water resources. CWP priority activities related to data collection and interpretative studies and research are specified in annual Program Guidance (for FY12). Program priorities are selected in large part because they are aligned with the WMA national interests, core mission, and science strategies, and because they remain responsive to needs of States, Tribes, municipalities and other localities. Because hydrologic and climatic conditions, water issues, and public awareness of water issues change, CWP activities and priorities can change over time and therefore are reviewed on an annual basis.

The WMA remains committed to meeting the needs of its funding partners while maintaining significant technical leadership, innovation, and hydrologic expertise ofbenefit to stakeholders across the Nation.

William H. Werkheiser //s//
Associate Director for Water

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Distribution: A, B, WSCs

This memorandum supersedes WRD Memorandum 84.21, which superseded WRD Memorandum 83.052 and WRD Memorandum 81.053.

 

Hydrologic Activities Supported by the Cooperative Water Program

Criteria and guidelines to be considered in decisions by WSCs to pursue joint hydrologic activities with local, State, and Tribal Cooperators are categorized  by
(1) Legal and Administrative Constraints; (2) Policy; and
(3) Mission, Priorities, and Information  Value

These criteria and guidelines should be considered  when developing collaborative work under the
Cooperative Water Program (CWP) regardless of the funding mechanism or funding situation, including
50-50 matched funds, Federal funds against direct services credit, or 100-percent repay.

Legal and Administrative Constraints

Policy

Mission, Priorities, and Information Value

If a proposal for new work does not fall within this realm, it should be examined critically for exclusion.

Proposals that integrate across and leverage resources across other WMA Programs and USGS Mission Areas are highly encouraged.