The Community Water Science Framework is a conceptual model that depicts the process of stream monitoring and watershed science. It is not a novel concept, but rather a version of a Lifecycle of Data diagram specific to community water science. In our version, there are seven basic steps that monitoring programs can follow to ensure their data becomes actionable information: Design, Collection, Management, Analysis/Visualization, Modeling/Planning, Sharing/Communicating, and Evaluation. Below are the steps laid out simply.
We use this framework throughout our work: to identify gaps and barriers in resources locally and nationally, to target the development of new technologies and services, and to build greater alignment, connection, and understanding across a landscape of resources and practitioners. Below is a version of the framework with greater detail, including some of the important activities to take and the resources, technologies, and services that can help complete each step of the data lifecycle.