Water Data Exchange (WaDE) Program
Western States Water Data Sharing Platform since 2011
What We Do
The WaDE Program is committed to assisting WSWC member states in publicly sharing water rights, allocation, supply, and use data through a common streamlined and standardized service that enables regional analyses to inform water resources planning and policies.
WaDE Data System
Develop and grow the Water Data Exchange (WaDE) Program that streamlines access to water rights and water use data and build interoperable data connections with federal data services
Workshops and Webinars
Organize the Water Information Management Systems (WIMS) workshops and webinars as a forum for WSWC members to learn, share, and exchange ideas specific to water information and data management.
Publish reports, journal articles, and regional data analysis to better inform water resources planning and policymaking
How much water is there? What is its quality? How is it currently being used? Improving our water data infrastructure, quality, and availability is one of the country’s most pressing challenges, but it is one that will enable us to more sustainably manage our most precious resource. To address this challenge, the Western States Water Council (WSWC) aimed to formulate a strategy and to develop a framework for its member states to begin to share important water supply, water use, and water administration datasets with each other, with federal partners, and with the public, called the Water Data Exchange.
WaDE is governed by the WSWC’s Water Information and Data Subcommittee (WIDS), comprised of members within WSWC that have a strong interest in how data are used to make water resource management decisions. To address different facets of the WaDE effort, the WIDS subcommittee assisted in convening four workgroups: WIDS meets semi-annually to discuss the future direction of WaDE, and to plan Water Information Management Symposium (WIMS) topics and needs. WIMS meetings are intended to address the special needs of water information regarding data management, reporting, data-gathering, quality control, and data publication.
WaDE Program Updates
Background The WaDE data dictionary is a product of a 10-year effort among the western 18 states for an agreed-upon common metadata schema implemented in a data system that is used for sharing water rights and water use data to enable regional analysis that inform...
Background The focus of the WaDE program is to provide a framework for states to share important water data with each other, with federal agencies, and with the public with an emphasis on enabling regional analysis. States make their water data available to the...
Meetings and Webinars
Reports and Publications
The WSWC is excited to release their most recent publication, the "Western State Water Program Capabilities Assessment Survey Report." The completion of the survey and report is a major step forward for the Water Data Exchange (WaDE) program as it shows...
I have always felt that the collaboration with WSWC was one of the best in my career. I also feel WaDE is one of the driving forces and catalyst for how USGS water use data has developed and expanded over the years.
The WaDE Program is part of the Western States Water Council. If you have questions, contact the Program Manager
Western States Water Council Office
682 East Vine Street, Suite 7
Murray, UT 84107-5501
WaDE Program Manager
Data Analyst / Hydroinformatics Specialist