Measuring and monitoring streamflow is a place-based activity. Hydrographers are isolated from each other because of the size of the geographic domain each one can cover. Training opportunities and technology workshops are often organized along institutional lines. Hydrographers often have closer communication with distant colleagues in the same institution than they have with those operating gauges close to home who work for other agencies.
However, there is a collective shared experience that encircles the globe. There is a kinship amongst those who understand the challenges of the activity of streamflow measurement. Operating a stream gauging program requires cunning and craftsmanship. Everyone has a story to tell, and these stories, collectively, define a culture. This is a culture of overcoming adversity to come home with the best possible data.
There is much to learn from each other, but there is no natural point of convergence. There is no professional society of stream gaugers, there are no journals or conferences, there is no place where stream hydrographers can meet and determine the future of their profession.
The North American Stream Hydrographers has been conceived to address this short coming. This is a grass roots effort to connect those who work to provide the world with the data and information needed to support wise decision-making about our most critical resource. For more information follow this link to the poster on NASH presented at the CWRA national Conference in St. John’s Nfld.