Expand water withdrawal and water use reporting programs to include regions and sectors/beneficial use categories within the state that are not yet assessed or are required to report. Implement or expand consumptive use and return flow estimation programs.
Modify or expand the workflow processes the states are already providing to review physical and legal water availability at basin and state-wide scales. Augment data-gathering to include monthly, seasonal, and annual timeframes.
Facilitate a state-by-state dialogue or repository for terminology relevant to the legal processes behind state management of water resources, as well as physical and environmental data vocabulary. For data that are shared in WaDE document data origins, data quality, confidence, error, and other metadata so that users can make informed decisions.
More generally, encourage states to review WaDE targeted data for possible inclusion in program efforts. Encourage the use of standard spatial scales for the most common workflow products.
WaDE DataCarly Hansen2017-04-07T13:06:41-07:00