About the Conference
In February 2017, Columbia Basin Trust released “Water Monitoring and Climate in the Upper Columbia Basin, Summary of Current Status and Opportunities” by Dr. Martin Carver. The Report outlines the status of water quality and quantity knowledge in the Columbia Basin. Filling important water data gaps is a priority to support informed decision-making for elected officials, government agencies and water managers. Decisions regarding water allocation, watershed governance, ecosystem health, source water and aquifer protection will become increasingly complex due to climate change.
On November 29th and 30th 2017, a diverse group advanced the conversation on a Basin-wide Water Monitoring Framework and a shared, open source data hub. The goal is to develop water knowledge with useful, reliable, open source data, that is freely accessed by users. Water users and managers need a coordinated, collaborative, innovative, user friendly, cost effective and open water data platform. We are learning about best practices examples from regions in Canada and the U.S. We are seeking a shared understanding of water monitoring and water data storage needs for government (all levels), indigenous and non indigenous engaged water stewardship groups, engaged industry sectors and academia.