The Hoover Dam.

The opening plenary at the AWRA 2014 conference by Kathryn Sullivan explained the emerging role for Environmental Intelligence for handling the need to respond to the increasingly fickle nature of water availability and quality. Dr. Sullivan used several recent examples of unprecedented extreme events to make the point that the world’s attention is focused on the nexus of water security, food security and energy security.

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Ripples in water from a water drop.

Those who work closely with data recognize the value of incremental investment in data quality; however, there is despair that this value can be quantized in terms that are meaningful to the bean-counters who control and allocate funding for monitoring programs. The discussion prompted by 'Economics of Data Quality' remind me of aspects of the novel 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' by Robert...

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Glasses and calculator on sheets of data.

Data about water quantity and water quality are fundamental to some of the most important decisions made by engineers and in choices made by societies. Abundance and quality of water are critical factors in many aspects of our economy, our environment, and our social and physical well-being. It is the case than multiple water resources objectives must be simultaneously managed. The costs of sub-optimal water resources choices can be substantial. Uncertainty is antagonistic to optimization.

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Dustin Shull scuba diving.

Dustin Shull from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Join Dustin, Tim, and myself on September 30th for the webinar: Expert Tips for Continuous Water Quality Monitoring!

It is with great pleasure that I am co-hosting this month’s webinar on continuous water quality monitoring with the Pennsylvania DEP and YSI, a Xylem brand. As the presenters – Dustin Shull, Tim Finegan and I – started to compile our information for this webinar, it became apparent to all that there is a lot more to discuss and present with water quality professionals around the world than we can cover in one hour. You can certainly look forward to more webinars on this topic!

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