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 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.

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.

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.

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.