AWRA Conference logo in front of Woodbridge, VA.

The sessions and presentations at AWRA conference in Orlando Florida reinforced many observations I have been making about the water sector. Long gone are the days when the conference was dominated by the stereotype engineer with pocket protectors and a slide rule. There are no sessions on nuances of flood frequency analysis or the shear stress of rip rap. There is obviously still a need...

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Angel and devil.

Tad Slawecki, Senior Engineer at Limnotech, provided a very interesting and entertaining 'lightning talk' at the Open Water Data Initiative session of the AWRA 2014 conference. Against a backdrop of increasing momentum toward 'big data,' which is often conceived as primarily 'virtual' data derived from distributed models, Tad argues that we need to restore our faith in 'virtuous' data. vir·tu·ous /ˈvərCHo͞oəs/. Having or showing high moral...

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Burglar sneaking into a room.

I had the great pleasure of re-connecting with colleagues at the NASH symposia at the AWRA 2014 national conference. There were three well-attended NASH sessions and a panel discussion that were all great starting points for conversations.

One such conversation about discharge measurement uncertainty with Tim Cohn resulted in the statement that is the title of this post. We were discussing the reasons for study into the problem of quantification of discharge measurement uncertainty.

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