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August 2023

Unveiling WestDAAT: A Breakthrough for Water Rights Data Management in the Western United States

Adel Abdallah, Program Manager, Water Data Exchange (WaDE); Ryan James, WaDE Data Analyst, Western States Water Council; Tony Willardson, Executive Director, Western States Water Council (WSWC)
Across the Western US, regional water use analysis and planning are increasingly important due to unprecedented drought and high demand growth. However, reconciling differing data access protocols, structures, and terminologies across states makes accessing water data cumbersome. Now, for the first time, WestDAAT provides user-friendly access to data in a machine-readable format for over 1.7 million active water rights.