During 2015 and 2016, the Western States Water Council (WSWC), the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have cosponsored a series of workshops on advancing seasonal prediction of precipitation for the benefit of western water resource management. Currently, the ability to skillfully predict sub-season (beyond a 15-day
The WSWC has long supported efforts to improve seasonal and mid-season forecasting, federal agency data-collection, and application development for more informed water resource management. Here is a collection of reports, workshops, and other materials related to the topic, gathered and distributed by WSWC.... Please click here for materials webpage.
On January 12, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter to the Committee members’ 20 states, asking for their perspective on EPA’s current regulatory framework. The letter noted that “environmental statutes such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act are based on principles of
July 8, 2015 Council Members, Alternates, Associates, Federal Agency Representatives, and Attendees: It is with great pride that I welcome you to the 50th Anniversary Meetings of the Western States Water Council. It is appropriate that we gather on the shores of Lake Tahoe, where this organization found itself back in 1965, with its identity
You may find the original press release here. "Clean Water Rule Protects Streams and Wetlands Critical to Public Health, Communities, and Economy Release Date: 05/27/2015 Contact Information: Robert Daguillard, (202) 564-6618, (202) 360-0476, firstname.lastname@example.org Does not create any new permitting requirements and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions Washington – In an historic step for
"The Landsat series of satellites is a cornerstone of our Earth observing capability. The world relies on Landsat data to detect and measure land cover/land use change, the health of ecosystems, and water availability. The President's FY2016 request recognizes Landsat's critical importance and sets out a multi-decadal plan for an Earth-observing architecture that ensures data continuity
A very nice video describing the SMAP satellite's capabilities. Launch of SMAP is scheduled for January 29, 2015. We'll post the launch video if the satellite makes it into orbit during its launch window. See here for more information on SMAP's mission. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1FX5AmeD2M
Please click below for a state-by-state map that contain western states' section-by-section comments concerning the recently issued U.S. Forest Service Directive on Groundwater Resource Management.
Please see the animated GIFs below for some great examples of what is possible using the Google Earth Engine platform. Google Earth Engine brings together the world's satellite imagery — trillions of scientific measurements dating back over 40 years — and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this
The WSWC is excited to release their most recent publication, the "Western State Water Program Capabilities Assessment Survey Report." The completion of the survey and report is a major step forward for the Water Data Exchange (WaDE) program as it shows similarities and also variations in member states' water planning activities, such as data gathering,