Cooperative Water Program
About the Program
The Cooperative Water Program (Briefing Sheet), the largest of the 28 USGS Bureau Programs, is the Water Mission Area’s “bottom-up, on-the-ground” program that is designed to bring local, State, and Tribal water science needs and decision-making together with USGS national capabilities related to USGS nationally consistent methods and quality assurance; innovative monitoring technology, models, and analysis tools; and robust data management and delivery systems.
The Program provides the foundation for USGS strong and robust water monitoring networks (quantity and quality) and supports interpretative studies – about 700 annually – that cover a wide range of issues that are important to the USGS water mission and that inform local, State, and Tribal water decisions. (read more on Cooperative Water Science Priorities)
The significant tie to local, State, and Tribal issues allows the Cooperative Water Program to respond to emerging water issues, raising those issues to regional and national visibility.
Because data and analyses adhere to strict national protocols, findings are directly comparable across local, State, regional and national levels; water issues in a specific watershed, municipality, or State can be compared to those in other geographic regions and at different periods of time; and large-scale syntheses and problem-solving in different regions and across the Nation are possible.
A Word from Our National Coordinator
Pixie A. Hamilton, firstname.lastname@example.org
As National Coordinator of the Cooperative Water Program, I am committed, along with USGS water scientists and managers across the Nation, to help provide the hydrologic data, science, and tools needed for the optimum use and management of our Nation’s waters.
The Program conducts studies in every State, protectorate, and territory of the U.S. through a workforce of about 1,800 people staffed within 48 Water Science Centers in partnership with nearly 1,600 local, State, and Tribal agencies. Jointly funded programs (programs that may be matched by up to 50 percent federal dollars) are considered when the study is mutually advantageous to the USGS and localities, States and Tribes. These cooperative, jointly funded programs are reviewed and renegotiated annually to ensure that they are responsive to the needs of localities, States, and Tribes and to the national priorities of the USGS. (read more on Cooperative Water Science Priorities)
Our sole product is impartial, credible, relevant, and timely information, equally accessible and available to all interested parties. The scientific, non-regulatory mission of the USGS means that the science is credible and relevant to many types of regulatory, management, policy, and jurisdictional disputes. Cooperators choose to work with the USGS because of the agency’s broad, interdisciplinary expertise, its long-standing, high-quality, nationally consistent procedures and quality-assurance, and its commitment to providing readily available public access to data.
To ensure that program activities do not infringe on work more appropriately done by the private sector, USGS policy (Avoiding Competition with the Private Sector) guides activities that should be included and excluded from the Program, and works through the Federal Advisory Committee Act to obtain advice from both government and non-government entities.
The Cooperative Water Program is very interested in hearing about your water-resource needs and working together to help you make decisions based on objective and credible information in your roles as managers, scientists, policy makers, and other interested citizens of the Nation.
The Program provides the foundation for USGS strong and robust water monitoring networks (quantity and quality) and supports interpretative studies – about 700 annually – that cover a wide range of issues that inform local, State, and Tribal water decisions and that are important to the USGS water mission.
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