Preparing Communities for Climate Resiliency: FEMA’s New BRIC Program

Preparing Communities for Climate Resiliency: FEMA’s New BRIC Program

With the passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act in 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency launched a new program to provide a larger and more reliable funding stream for pre-disaster mitigation – the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (“BRIC”) Program. In this webinar, Scott Baldwin, Senior Mitigation Manager in Hagerty Consulting’s Recovery Division, will discuss the structure of the BRIC program and how communities are beginning to use these funds to prepare for future natural disasters, including droughts.

What is an Internet of Water Data Hub?

What is an Internet of Water Data Hub?

IoW Data Hubs allow users to publish water data from disparate sources in one place, ensuring that data and metadata from these disparate sources are standardized before they are published so that they can be seamlessly found and used together. IoW Hubs are a key element of the underlying architecture that makes an internet of water possible.

People and Data Pipelines

People and Data Pipelines

The water quality movement needs pipelines for people to connect, and data to be shared. The Commons presents its advancements in connecting people through the WDC Mainstem Network and sharing data through the Water Reporter API.

Water Data in Hydropower Relicensing

Water Data in Hydropower Relicensing

All across the US, hydropower plants are nearing the end of their current licenses, allowing communities to reevaluate them through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing process. There are a little over one thousand FERC licensed dams across the US, and more than 400 of them are scheduled to come up for relicensing by 2033.

pygeoapi: A Way to Publish Geospatial Data Using New OGC API Standards

pygeoapi: A Way to Publish Geospatial Data Using New OGC API Standards

The Open Geospatial Consortium’s family of API standards are helping make geospatial data on the web more accessible and interoperable.  This presentation will introduce pygeoapi – a Python server implementation of OGC’s standards. Kyle Onda, from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Center for Geospatial Solutions, will walk you through how to set up an API endpoint and discuss several ideas for how to use this flexible, open-source API framework for water data applications.

Geospatial Vector Data

Geospatial Vector Data

It’s important to be able to share data in ways that are easy for scientists and water professionals to analyze and for developers to use to make tools and communication materials. In this blog, Kyle Onda describes practices that the Internet of Water Initiative at the Lincoln Institute’s Center for Geospatial Solutions recommends for sharing geospatial vector data.

Working with Geospatial Hydrologic Data Using Web Services Part 2: Python

Working with Geospatial Hydrologic Data Using Web Services Part 2: Python

This two-part workshop series will feature a project-based overview of concepts and open-source tools for performing geospatial analyses with hydrologic data using web services in R and Python. Join us for practical demonstrations and guidance for all experience levels.

Part one will focus on R and take place on July 19. Part two will focus on Python and will take place on July 26.

Working with Geospatial Hydrologic Data Using Web Services Part 2: Python

Working with Geospatial Hydrologic Data Using Web Services Part 1: R

This two-part workshop series will feature a project-based overview of concepts and open-source tools for performing geospatial analyses with hydrologic data using web services in R and Python. Join us for practical demonstrations and guidance for all experience levels.

Part one will focus on R and take place on July 19. Part two will focus on Python and will take place on July 26.

The Water Budget Navigator

The Water Budget Navigator

The Colorado River Basin is in a historic drought. Many basin states are facing increasing variability in precipitation and water needs and infrastructure are more complex than ever. Given these challenges, water budgeting is also more complex. To promote transparency and collaboration, the Nicholas Institute Water Policy Program developed the Water Budget Navigator.

California’s Water Market: Outlook & Innovations

California’s Water Market: Outlook & Innovations

The expansion of permanent cropland and continuing growth of urban communities are increasing demands on California’s limited water resources. These conditions are driving innovation to improve water risk management due to volatile hydrology. Urban agencies and Central Valley farmers regularly transact in a water market that is under new competitive pressure as participants manage this new normal. To provide greater market transparency, WestWater Research and Nasdaq have developed the NQH2O index which provides a weekly snapshot of California water prices. Market participants rely on the index as an informational tool to understand current prices in California’s spot water market. In addition, farmers are beginning to acquire futures contracts settling against the index to offset the financial risks of water market price volatility. In this presentation, WestWater staff will introduce California’s water market, the NQH2O index, and the new risk management tool of water futures contracts.

Technology Adoption at Public Agencies

Technology Adoption at Public Agencies

Water data are collected by a variety of public agencies, each with its own data standards, formats, and sharing protocols. This fragmentation makes it difficult for data users to access the data they need. In 2021, The Nicholas Institute Water Policy Program completed a Technology Adoption Research Project to learn more about data management at public agencies.

The Oak Ridges Moraine Groundwater Program: Thinking Differently – a data driven approach to water management

The Oak Ridges Moraine Groundwater Program: Thinking Differently – a data driven approach to water management

Since 2001, across a 35,000 km2 area, the Oak Ridges Moraine Groundwater Program (ORMGP) has carved out a path to collect, manage, and, via a multi-faceted website, share a wealth of water-related data and interpretations, all aimed at improving land use and water-related decision making in Ontario, Canada. In this webinar, Steve Holysh, Program Co-Manager and Senior Hydrogeologist at ORMGP, will provide an overview of the website, outlining a potential data and resource management path for others to follow and build upon.

The Internet of Water Coalition

The Internet of Water Coalition

Through our start-up period, we learned that the strength of the IoW is its capacity to unite independent organizations around the common goal of modernizing water data infrastructure. Now, as we enter our growth phase, we are scaling up from a project of the Nicholas Institute to a coalition of organizations working with government partners to enact the IoW vision.

Legislative Approaches to Water Data as Public Policy

Legislative Approaches to Water Data as Public Policy

The work to modernize water data infrastructure often goes on under the radar as part of the tireless regular operations of public agencies. But over the past few years, often in response to drought, several western state legislatures have devoted attention and funding to the issue. Recently, Oregon became the latest state to write new policy around water data.