National System for Water Data

by Russell H. Langford, Chf.; Ofc. of Water Data Coordination, U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, DC,
George H. Davis, Res. Hydro.; Water Resour. Div., U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, DC,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 7, Pg. 1391-1401

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Bureau of the Budget Circular A-67, August 1964, called for coordination of certain water data acquisition by Federal agencies. The Department of the Interior's Office of Water Data Coordination was given responsibility to: (1) design and operate a National Water Data Network; (2) coordinate national network and specialized water data activities and prepare an annual Federal Plan for water data acquisition; and (3) maintain a catalog of information on water data, and on Federal activities planned or conducted to acquire such data, and to organize network data. The Catalog of Information on Water Data is a file of information on water data acquisition activities and Indexes are published. A level of information approach to network design has three informational levels: Level I, base level for national and regional planning; Level II, subregional planning objectives; Level III, local operation and management objectives; the accounting element of the Level I, streamflow and stream quality was designed. An Interior Water Data System was developed and will be expanded to non-Interior Federal agencies. Field coordination initially will involve four field coordinators to review agency plans and needs for water data.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic data | Data collection | Water management | Federal government | Information management | Hydraulic design | Budgets | Streamflow |

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