Steering Committee

The Water Data Collaborative is currently made up of the following groups.

Izaak Walton League of America

WDC Contact: Samantha Briggs, Clean Water Program Director

Mission: To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Connection to Collaborative: Our desire to elevate citizen science and volunteer monitoring while improving the technology that groups have access to for data sharing and integration makes the Izaak Walton league an integral part of the WDC.

River Network

WDC Contact: Adam Griggs, Science Manager

Mission: River Network empowers and unites people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. We envision a future with clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. We believe that everyone should have access to affordable, clean water and healthy rivers.

Connection to Collaborative: We are at the forefront of expanding national interest in protecting the waters of country. River Network brings our mission of encouraging diversity in the environmental movement and a desire to help engaged community members and local organizations take a stand for their waters to the WDC.

Waterkeeper Alliance

WDC Contact: Katherine Luscher, Training Director 

Mission: Waterkeeper Alliance strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water. Waterkeeper Alliance holds polluters accountable.

Connection to Collaborative: Waterkeepers and Waterkeeper Affiliates regularly patrol waterways, collect water quality samples, identify pollution sources, and demand that appropriate regulatory and legal action is taken. We are dedicated to defending the fundamental human right to drinkable, fishable, and swimmable waters, while combining firsthand knowledge of local waterways.

Chesapeake Conservancy

WDC Contact: Emily Wiggans, GIS Analyst

Mission: To conserve and restore the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. We serve as a catalyst for change, advancing strong public and private partnerships, developing and using new technology, and empowering environmental stewardship.

Connection to Collaborative: The Chesapeake Conservancy’s Conservation Innovation Center uses technology to demonstrate how citizen science data and visualizations can be used to enact meaningful landscape-informed change. While needs and best practices will differ by geography, we seek to provide examples of how to empower citizen science organizations to turn data into potential projects to improve water quality in their watershed.

The Commons

WDC Contact: John Dawes, Executive Director

Mission: The Commons is a nonprofit organization that works every day to empower restoration stakeholders with access to high quality digital services and open tool kits that use data to spark community action and improvement to the environment.  In a climate where software and technological approaches are constantly changing, we work to empower others with the knowledge, processes, and technical capacity required to solve some of the most challenging problems in watershed restoration.      

Connection to Collaborative: Better data leads to better decisions for a clean environment and healthier people. We partner with with organizations to access, organize, and share data that inspires action to restore our environment, meaning our mission closely aligns with the goals of the WDC.

River Watch of Colorado

WDC Contact: Barb Horn, Water Quality Specialist

Colorado River Watch Mission: Our mission is to create stewards for all water and aquatic resources through hands-on chemical, physical and biological monitoring of watershed health and utilize this high quality data to make informed decisions to preserve and restore the condition of Colorado’s water.  

Connection to Collaborative: Data from Colorado River Watch, sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and others, is used by the federal government, state, local, academia, and private groups to inform policy and decision making. As a founding member of the Colorado Data Sharing Network, experience in study design, monitoring for measurable results, data management, quality control and assurance, program and data management documentation and evaluation make us a great part of the WDC. 

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CUASHI, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.

WDC Contact: Jerad Bales, Executive Director

Mission: Strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration in the water science community, empower the community by providing critical infrastructure, and promote education in the water sciences at all levels

Connection to Collaborative: CUAHSI works to make all water data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR), and provides free open cyberinfrastructure to support the goal of FAIR water data, including those collected by the volunteer monitoring community.  CUAHSI also provides education to the community on data management. Both of these activities are aligned with the goals of the collaborative.

Duke Nicholas Institute and the Internet of Water

WDC Contact: Peter Colohan

Mission: To facilitate the opening, sharing, and integration of water data between data producers, hubs, and users by coordinating efforts, articulating a clear vision for policies and procedures to share data, demonstrating the value of integrating water data, and providing technical and non-technical resources.

Connection to Collaborative: The Internet of Water will directly benefit from the Water Data Collaborative’s efforts to make citizen science data more widely accessible and available. IoW will be able to increase connectivity between water monitoring groups with WDC’s influence and work.