WaDE is governed by the WSWC’s Water Information and Data Subcommittee (WIDS), comprised of members within WSWC that have a strong interest in how data are used to make water resource management decisions. To address different facets of the WaDE effort, the WIDS subcommittee assisted in convening four workgroups:
This workgroup was charged with evaluating the capabilities of the western states with respect to water allocation, supply, and demand data.
See the State Capabilities Workgroup webpage, to review the survey responses, final report, and maps of the survey results.
This workgroup was focused on evaluating the existing science for estimating water availability and consumptive use. They cataloged and document the states’ methods and identified gaps and needs for further science and new methodologies for estimating water availability and consumptive use.
This workgroup worked to identify the basic data elements necessary for exchanging data. Using the agreed upon target data elements, they also developed a data exchange schema (a standard format using eXtensible Markup Language (XML) for transferring data).
This workgroup reviewed the existing field of data exchange technologies. They evaluated existing state, federal, and academic data exchange collaborations and make recommendations as to what approach should be taken.