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Type: Blogs
Categories: Blog
Through our start-up period, we learned that the strength of the Internet of Water is its capacity to unite independent organizations and agencies around the common goal of modernizing water data infrastructure in the US. Now, as the IoW enters its growth phase, we are scaling up from a project of the Nicholas Institute at Duke to a coalition of organizations working together with government partners to enact the vision of the Internet of Water.

Type: Documents
Categories: Policy Documents
To improve decision-making and ensure equitable, sustainable, and resilient water resources protection, development and management, the United States must build an effective Internet of Water. These four actions will make an Internet of Water possible: developing a water data-sharing pilot grant program at EPA, creating a corresponding water data-sharing grant program at USGS, establishing a new water data-sharing framework at USGS, and encouraging federal agencies to adopt Internet of Water Principles.

Type: Blogs
Categories: Blog
The Colorado River Basin is experiencing a historic drought. Many states in the basin are facing increasing variability in rain and snow patterns, and municipal water needs and infrastructure are more complex than ever. Given these challenges, state water budgeting is also becoming increasingly complex. To promote transparency and collaboration among CO River Basin States, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Water Policy Program developed the Water Budget Navigator tool as part of the Internet of Water start-up project. This tool builds on the Internet of Water start-up project’s Coming to Terms tool, which seeks to promote a shared vocabulary of water terminology and tracks definitions, synonyms, and homonyms of water-related terms used by public agencies and private entities. The Water Budget Navigator is a web application that allows users to compare the water budgeting and water use estimation frameworks used by water resources agencies in the Colorado River Basin states (California, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah).

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Presentation slides from the IoW Webinar "Health of the Haw: A New Data Management and Visualization Platform for the Haw River Assembly." The Haw River Assembly partnered with The Commons to integrate its water quality monitoring programs within Water Reporter – a digital platform for community science. In this webinar Emily Sutton, the Haw Riverkeeper, discussed the environmental issues facing the river and how Water Reporter helps users to better understand those issues and identify solutions.

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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.

Type: Presentations
Categories: Technical
Presentation slides from the IoW Webinar "Data-Driven Decision Making at WSSC Water." In this webinar, Yvonne Carney, Strategic Performance Director at WSSC Water discussed how innovative data management at one of the country’s largest water and wastewater utilities improves decision-making and supports strategic priorities.

Type: Documents
Categories: Policy Documents
This policy brief provides an overview of water data legislation in the United States, as well as a set of water data policy recommendations and guidance on water data policy development.

Type: Documents
Categories: Policy Documents
Only two states, New Mexico and California, currently have water data legislation. This document compares processes, outcomes, and costs associated with the legislation.

Type: Blogs
Categories: Blog
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.

Type: Reports
Categories: Educational Materials, Technical
This report details research conducted by the Water Policy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute into the technology adoption process at water sector public agencies.