National Water Census
Collaboration is a critical part of the USGS National Water Census. It not only helps direct USGS efforts towards assessments that are most useful for end users – such as other Federal, State, regional, local, and tribal resource managers, but it also ensures that information produced by the USGS can be aggregated and assimilated with other types of physical, social, economic, and environmental data that affect water availability and use.
The USGS receives guidance on National Water Census assessment needs and goals through the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI). ACWI members represent 35 organizations from all levels of government (Federal, State, Tribal, and local), public interest groups, academia, private industry, and non-profit and professional organizations.The USGS has worked with the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable in ACWI to convene a multi-organization ad hoc committee of stakeholders in water availability to make recommendations on the design, methods of presentation, and priorities of the National Water Census.
USGS works closely with State and local agencies, universities, and water-resource organizations to support, integrate and build on existing data germane to issues of water availability and use. Collaboration with NGO’s such as American Water Works Association, American Water Resources Association, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, Delaware Basin Commission, National Ground Water Association, Western States Water Council, Interstate Council on Water Policy, and The Nature Conservancy are just a few that assist and advise USGS on water availability, use and ecological science topics. USGS also works closely with other Federal agencies to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure generated data is presented in a format useful for decision-making. Federal partners include Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Examples of Collaboration in the National Water Census