The Second Colorado River Basin Data and Modeling Roundtable: Webinar
The Western States Water Council is hosting this second roundtable as a follow-up to the first “Internet of Water Roundtable: Colorado River Basin,” organized by the Aspen Institute and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions in January 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Aspen Institute’s Dialogue Series on water data led to its report, “Internet of Water: Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability,” which presented a vision for a national policy framework to address institutional barriers to scaling and integrating water data and information to support sustainable water management. The first roundtable recommended continuing discussions and coordination among three ongoing projects, the Internet of Water (IoW), the Water Data Exchange (WaDE) program, and the OpenETproject.
This second roundtable will bring together groups from Colorado River Basin federal and state agencies to present progress over the last year and discuss the next steps on modeling and data sharing. The projects’ teams are working toward laying a foundation of open and interoperable water data and all have significant applications for water management in the Colorado River basin. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and concerns, the roundtable was adapted to a 2-day webinar.
Serve as a forum for the Colorado River Basin States, federal agencies, and others to discuss efforts in mapping and reconciling differences in water use estimates and data sharing
Highlight what has been accomplished across the OpenET, IOW, and WaDE projects to estimate water use, reconcile water glossaries and budget models, and demonstrate WaDE 2.0 platform
Report on progress on water data initiatives and laws in state and federal agencies
Identify areas of mutual interest and ways to collaborate; and offer some practical, on-the-ground next steps on how the OpenET, WaDE, and IOW projects can further help the Colorado Basin States.
The roundtable will draw around 40 participants from the WaDE, OpenET, and IOW projects and from invited policy and decision-makers from federal and state agencies and researchers across the seven Colorado River Basin States: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming.
Colorado River Basin: State Water Data Initiatives – Progress on Modeling Water Use and Sharing Data
Wyoming: Jodee Pring, Supervisor, River Basin Planning – Wyoming and Water Development Office AND Charlie Ferrantelli, River Basin Coordinator – Wyoming State Engineer’s Office
California AB1755: Streamlining Water Data Submissions to the State Joaquin Esquivel, Board Chair – California Control Board and Kamyar Guivetchi, Manager, Division of Planning – California Department of Water Resources