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The Water Platform

The Water Space Is Full of Data
Data collected to investigate, inform, monitor, and control.

The richness of our data was developed through multiple programs and agencies, public and private, with short-term and long-term goals and specific objectives. This will continue because it works.

Complex questions require new approaches to data.

Today we are asking increasingly complex questions – questions that cross disciplines and jurisdictions – questions that are more nuanced and global than can be captured in a single study or program, no matter how well designed. Questions that benefit from shared resources.  Questions like the following:

What factors are impacting the health of Puget Sound Orcas and what specific changes would result in the most improvement? How do we identify, fund, track and demonstrate change?

What agricultural practices are responsible for the most water loss, which losses threaten other water use or quality and which regions are most  vulnerable to this loss?

How do we measure the water and money loss due to failing and leaking infrastructure? How do we find the leaks early? How do we predict failures before they occur? How do we repair our systems?

How do design monitoring systems that include on-going monitoring, machine learning and adaptive management?

Help us build a regional Water Platform so we can share data, tools, resources quickly and accurately.

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The Challenge
Imagine Having a Platform at Your Fingertips to Quickly Answer Complex Questions
For Example
Aquatic Toxicologist

Question: What data exists to evaluate or check uptake/partitioning of naphthalene in aquatic species?

Platform Use: Search locations where environmental samples (sediment, porewater, and/or water column) and biota samples (benthic, shellfish, resident fish) exist close in time and space.  Check for studies on bioaccumulation of naphthalene from sediments or water column, where the source samples were similar to conditions of interest (marine vs. fresh, silts vs sand, etc.)

Question: An inventor has a new approach to sensor design and it is working well for arsenic. Should the next sensor developed be for lead, copper, or nitrate? 

Platform Use: Research potential needs by assessing the geographical areas where exceedances for each chemical exist in groundwater and surface water or are required in permits. Identify regulatory driver. Identify typical conditions encountered in the regulatory program.

Inventor
Remediation Engineer

Question: Need to select and justify whether to use an engineered cap, enhanced natural recovery, or natural recovery to treat residual contamination. Key issue is the stability of the bed sediments over time. Five field measurements exist, but additional data is needed to confirm over time and space. 

Platform Use: Collect existing bathymetry studies, including those from dredging surveys, of the area over time to better understand behavior overtime, evaluate grainsize results from embayment to look for trend on deposition; look for potential for catastrophic events such as earthquakes, tsunamis, major storm surges. Review aquatic land use information; Review commercial ship sizes and draughts.

Question: An odd subsurface feature was encountered during drilling of shallow test probes. It could be a historical streambed filled with debris that could be acting as a preferential pathway for water and contaminants. What is it?   

Platform Use: Review aerial photographs for historical features. Review any other soil and groundwater studies in the area for information regarding historical conditions, known contaminants, subsurface conditions.

Cleanup Site Investigator

Come work with us to build a platform we can all use and contribute to. Help us transform how data-driven decisions are made.

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