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.

The Assessment Dashboard – An Interactive Exploration of Water Quality Data

The Assessment Dashboard – An Interactive Exploration of Water Quality Data

States struggle to complete Clean Water Act Assessments due to the complexity of gathering and analyzing massive datasets. Arizona used free open-source software to reduce the time it takes to generate an assessment from 9 months to 15 minutes. In this webinar, Jason Jones, Senior Scientist at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, will demonstrate how Arizona’s publicly accessible interactive Water Quality Assessment Dashboard provides full transparency behind each decision and informs users of what additional data is needed to fill data gaps.

The Assessment Dashboard – An Interactive Exploration of Water Quality Data

Health of the Haw: A New Data Management and Visualization Platform for the Haw River Assembly

Over the past year, Haw River Assembly has partnered with The Commons to integrate its water quality monitoring programs within Water Reporter – a digital platform for community science. Hear from Emily Sutton, the Haw Riverkeeper, on the environmental issues facing the river and how Water Reporter helps users to better understand those issues and identify solutions.

Celebrating Ten Years of Western Water Data Sharing

Celebrating Ten Years of Western Water Data Sharing

The Western US is experiencing unprecedented droughts while its population continues to grow. This puts pressure on water management systems and increases the need for regional data analyses. In 2011, the Western States Water Council launched the Water Data Exchange (WaDE) to help member states share data to enable multi-state analyses and inform regional planning.

The Assessment Dashboard – An Interactive Exploration of Water Quality Data

Lessons from the Field: Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainable Outcomes

Why is stakeholder engagement important? Is all stakeholder engagement the same? Should we engage differently with stakeholders around technology projects? Ashley Ward, Engagement and Outreach Associate for the Internet of Water Project at Duke University, has been engaging with stakeholders throughout the nation on a diversity of topics for over a decade. In this webinar, Ashley Ward will discuss the Internet of Water’s four-step process for stakeholder engagement and share lessons learned from working with stakeholders on technology and data projects.

Drought Data Advancements

Drought Data Advancements

Early December 2021 was the first time in 13 years that at least half of the state of North Carolina was in Severe Drought or worse. A lot has changed in the world of drought monitoring since our last widespread severe drought, especially the data we use and how we visualize and share it. This current drought has made the power of those advancements clear.

Data-Driven Decision Making at WSSC Water

Modern utilities are constantly evaluating new technologies and processes to streamline workflows and increase sustainability. In this webinar, you’ll hear how innovative data management at one of the country’s largest water and wastewater utilities is improving decision-making and supporting strategic priorities. Featuring Yvonne Carney, Strategic Performance Director, WSSC Water, Office of Strategy and Innovation.

PFAS Monitoring in North Carolina

PFAS Monitoring in North Carolina

PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a group of synthetic chemical compounds and emerging contaminants that have been found in water all over the country. North Carolina has had well-publicized concerns with PFAS contamination, which have led to various data collection efforts across multiple organizations. These disparate datasets will be used to guide future regulation and enforcement across the state. But, without greater coordination between the academic and policy communities in North Carolina, these data will remain fragmented, limiting their ability to provide timely and accurate insights about PFAS contamination.

Water Affordability

Water Affordability

Everyone needs water, but many Americans are struggling to pay the rising costs of water services. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Water Policy Program has developed a water affordability dashboard that allows users to assess affordability across different water utilities using flexible, self-selected parameters.