The Water Quality, Quantity, Utility (WQQU) Working Group aims to engage experts from federal agencies, water quality-focused organizations, and the AmericaView consortium in order to evaluate existing water quality issues occurring nationally that may be addressed through sharing of remotely sensed data, remote sensing derived products, maps, algorithms and applications, and case studies (referred to as “elements” below). The group aims to create a website that will serve as a centralized remote sensing water resource gateway and engage water quality and natural resource managers, NGOs, federal and state agencies, foundations, the public, and researchers with the goal of addressing and solving nationally-occurring WQQU issues through sharing of elements, highly-engaged partnerships, contacts, outreach, education, and knowledge transfer. The website builds on the strengths of the nationwide AmericaView consortium.
AmericaView Water Quality Gateway
In June 2017, the AmericaView Water Quality, Quantity, Utility Working Group was invited by the Pisces Foundation, by way of invitations distributed by the Meridian Institute, to present a working concept called the AmericaView Gateway. The Gateway concept focuses on developing solutions to current and critical water quality issues through data, partnerships, education, and action. The goal, to cultivate solutions to critical water quality issues, is to foster communication and partnerships between managers, the public, and researchers; Improve the understanding of local water quality issues and enable managers to ask the right questions in order to develop feasible solutions; and, Enhance research and accelerate data sharing. While the idea is still in development, the concept presentation may be downloaded (PDF) and viewed for further information.