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Water Information Coordination Program

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) originally established the Water Information Coordination Program (WICP) in the 1960's. In 1991 OMB updated the authority and established the Water Information Coordination Program by issuing Memorandum No. 92-01. The overall purpose of the program is to improve water information for decision making about natural resources management and environmental protection. The memorandum designates the Department of the Interior, through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), as the lead agency. Other Federal organizations that fund, collect, or use water resources information work together with the USGS to implement program recommendations.

Federal activities and funding for water resources information are integrally tied to partnerships with non-Federal entities. Therefore, the Secretary of the Interior established an advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to help implement the program at the national level. The purposes of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) are to identify water information needs, evaluate their effectiveness of water information programs and recommend improvements. The member organizations represent all levels of government, tribal interests, and the private sector. The Chair of the ACWI is Interior's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science. The Alternate Chair is Dr. Robert Hirsch, the Associate Director for Water of the USGS.

Photograph by Dennis Wentz,USGS

OMB Memorandum No. 92-01
ACWI Charter
National Handbook of Recommended Methods for Water Data Acquisition -- Chapter 11 - Water Use
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