A New Evaluation of the USGS Streamgaging Network--A Report to Congress
The network evaluation outlined in this report and the NSIP planning process will continue to involve the Streamgaging Task Force of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI). The ACWI is chartered under Office of Management and Budget Memorandum 92-01 following the procedures of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Committee members include representatives of Federal, State, and local agencies, universities, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations. We also will be sharing this report widely with interested parties in order to gain their reactions to the principles that we will be applying to the program's design.
The USGS planning team will integrate the feedback from the Streamgaging
Task Force and other stakeholders as they design NSIP. We expect to have
the key elements of the NSIP defined by March 1999. The development of
NSIP plans aligns with the Department of the Interior's Government
Performance and Results Act (GPRA) goal to "Provide science for a changing
world." It further supports both GPRA goals of the USGS: 1) "Ensure the
continued transfer of data, risk assessments, and disaster scenarios needed
by our customers before, during, and after natural disasters;" and 2)
"Ensure the continued availability of long-term environmental and natural
resource information and systematic analysis and investigations needed by
our customers." The metrics used in the network analysis are ideal for the
ongoing tracking of these GPRA goals.
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