Water Management Resources
Integrated Water Resources Science and Services (IWRSS)

IWRSS is a federal initiative supported by a consortium consisting of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These federal partner agencies are collaborating to design, develop, and implement a national water modeling and information services framework to:

  • Infuse new hydrologic science into current water resource management;
  • Develop hydrologic techniques and information to support operational water resources decisions; and
  • Provide advanced hydrologic services to meet stakeholder needs

In 2012, NOAA reached out to the DRBC to assist the IWRSS federal partner agencies to convene a group of basin stakeholders to learn about the hydrologic services IWRSS can provide, identify key gaps that IWRSS might fill to inform water resources decision making, and discuss possible demonstration projects to build capacity for integrated water resources management in the Delaware River Basin. DRBC hosted a forum to discuss IWRSS in December 2012.

The IWRSS project also engaged stakeholders in the Potomac, Hudson, and Susquehanna river basins in one-day forums to obtain input on priority needs in their basins. 

To supplement input obtained at the forums, the IWRSS federal partner agencies invited a broader group of basin stakeholders representing 11 sectors to complete an online survey in 2013. These efforts provided detailed qualitative information about water resources managment needs as well as insights into the socioeconomic benefits of providing these services.

The IWRSS Mid-Atlantic Stakeholder Engagement Report was completed in the spring of 2014 and can be viewed at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/resources/IWRSS_FinalReport_Mid%20A_LS.pdf (4.3 MB).

USGS National Water Census

There is a great need for an improved understanding of water use and water availability. Presently, no comprehensive national assessment of water resources exists. USGS and its partners (including DRBC) are making progress towards a National Water Census which will thoroughly quantify water supply and demand across the country. The Delaware River Basin is one of three focus areas under review as part of this USGS water availability initiative. The other two areas are the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin and the Colorado River Basin.

The Water Census is part of an overarching Department of the Interior (DOI) initiative called WaterSMART ("Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow"). Through WaterSMART, DOI is working to achieve a sustainable water strategy to help meet the nation's water needs. The Water Census will help inform that strategy.

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