People and Data Pipelines

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

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

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, discussed the structure of the BRIC program and how communities are beginning to use these funds to prepare for future natural disasters, including droughts.

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 introduces pygeoapi – a Python server implementation of OGC’s standards. Kyle Onda, from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Center for Geospatial Solutions, walks through how to set up an API endpoint and discusses several ideas for how to use this flexible, open-source API framework for water data applications.

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.