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1 Western States Water Council (WSWC) and Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST) Dwane Young WestFAST Federal Liaison Exchange Network National Meeting May 31, 2012

2 Affiliate of the Western Governors Association Created in 1965 and consists of appointed representatives from 18 of the western states Purposes include: 1. Promote effective cooperation among the western states on water management and water resources 2. Promote state prerogatives while accommodating federal interests 3. Provide a forum for the exchange of views/perspectives 4. Provide analysis of federal/state developments to assist member states in evaluating the potential impacts What is the WSWC? 2

3 What is WestFAST? 2008 Governors Next Steps report suggested formation of a federal team to assist the coordination and implementation of the recommendations of the report WestFAST is a collaboration of 12 Federal agencies with water management interests in the West These 12 agencies fund a liaison position to work in the WSWC office 3

4 Senior-level staff from the following agencies: Who makes up WestFAST? -Dept. of Energy -NASA -EPA -Forest Service -NRCS -NOAA -Army Corps of Engineers -Fish and Wildlife Service -BLM -USGS -Reclamation -Department of Defense 4

5 Managing Water (the big picture) 5

6 Western Water Law and Management 6 Courtesy Oregon Water Resources Department. Available at: Water Right/Diversion Point Water Use Area

7 Irrigation Mining Self-Supplied Industrial Aquaculture 31 percent1 percent Less than 1 percent Livestock 11 percent Public Supply 49 percent Thermoelectric Power 4 percent2 percent 1 percent Self-Supplied Domestic Water Withdrawals by Category Courtesy USGS Water Census

8 What is the Water Use Data Exchange? 8 The Water Use Data Exchange is a project that will focus on better enabling the western states to share water use, water allocation, and water planning data with one another and with the Federal Government. It will also seek to improve the sharing of Federal data that supports state water planning efforts.

9 Goals 9 1.Gain a better understanding of the variability between state water planning programs. 2.Provide documentation for the various consumptive use and water availability estimation methods that the states currently use. 3.Develop a common Schema or format that can be used for sharing these data. 4.Encourage the adoption of standard approaches for sharing time-series data. 5.Assist ongoing efforts in gaining access to state data.

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11 The Central Portal 11 The Central Portal would be a map-based interface that would compile data by 8-digit HUC and provide summary-level information for that HUC. Some things that it could show would be: Water appropriations Consumptive use An indication of water availability Provide access to the underlying data and methods used to make those determinations

12 Two Categories of Data: Measured Data (i.e. streamgaging data) Derived Data (i.e. water availability estimates) Were interested in both types of data Measured data that were targeting include: SNOTEL Data, Precipitation Data, Reservoir Height Data, Streamgage Data, and Groundwater Data Derived data that were targeting include: Information on water appropriations Information on consumptive use Information on water availability The methods used to derive all this information 12 Types of Data

13 Work Plan ItemScheduleComplete? Establish WorkgroupsNov Develop SurveyJan Develop Data ElementsFeb Outreach to StatesFeb. 2012In Progress Develop XML SchemaMar. 2012In Progress Develop Draft ServicesOct Beta Release of SystemJan Initial ReleaseMay Schedule

14 Challenges Collaboration between state DWRs and state DEQs Bringing in outside collaborators who havent been part of the process before Making use of whats already been developed within the Exchange Network, while still meeting the specific needs of the project 14

15 A Way Forward A REST Interface within the Exchange Network, or standard REST recommendations would help Relying on the strengths of the Exchange Network Strong and informed user community Strong Governance model Proven data exchange approaches Good communication between state agencies is already beginning to happen Good communication is beginning to happen between federal agencies as well 15

16 A New Perspective Being the WestFAST Liaison has provided me with a new perspective: Data exchange is much larger than EPA and DEQ agencies Perhaps its time to take a more holistic approach Theres a large opportunity to pull in new players but we need to consider how and if the Exchange Network wants to make that transition 16

17 Water Use Data Exchange Project Website: Contact: Dwane Young Sara Larsen Phone: For More Information


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