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AB 1755: The Open and Transparent Water Data Act of 2016

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Transcript of AB 1755: The Open and Transparent Water Data Act of 2016

To promote
transparency, openness, and "interoperability"
of water data.
To make information "accessible, discoverable, and usable by the public" and thereby "foster entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery."
State delegation of data management to contractors
"should not result in the public losing access to its own information."
No need to create an "

new centralized
What data specifically?
"Existing water and ecological data information from multiple autonomous databases managed by federal, state, and local agencies and academia"
AB 1755:
The Open and Transparent Water Data Act
What is it? What does it do?
What parts of the data lifecycle would the new project handle?
Anticipated Fiscal Effect (from Senate Floor Analysis)
"According to the Senate Appropriations Committee this bill has:
1) One-time costs between $750,000 and $1.5 million to the DWR to develop the data platform, plus annual staffing costs of $1.6 million to maintain and continue to develop the platform as
it grows (General Fund).
2) Unknown, potentially significant, costs to the CDFW to consult with the DWR on required protocols, the required report, and the data platform.
3) Unknown, potentially significant, costs to the SWRCB to consult with the DWR on required protocols, the required report, and the data platform.
4) Unknown, potentially significant, costs to the CWQMC to consult with the DWR on required protocols, the required report, and the data platform."
AB 1755: The Open and Transparent Water Data Act of 2016
Requires DWR, in consultation with CWQMC, SWRCB, and DFW "to create, operate, and maintain a statewide integrated water data platform."
Among other goals, it must "integrate existing water and ecological data information from multiple databases and provide data on completed water transfers and exchanges."
Would accommodate data concerning water quality (including ecological data), surface and groundwater supply.
Creates a Water Data Administration Fund for use by DWR, DFW, and SWRCB to cover costs.
Cited Examples
(1) The department’s information on State Water Project reservoir operations, groundwater use, groundwater levels, urban water use, and land use.
(2) The state board’s data on water rights, water diversions, and water quality through California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN).
(3) The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s information on fish abundance and distribution.
(4) The United States Geological Survey’s streamflow conditions information through the National Water Information System.
(5) The United States Bureau of Reclamation’s federal Central Valley Project operations information.
(6) The United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s, United States Forest Service’s, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries’ fish abundance information.
Work may be
performed by...
"...an existing nonprofit organization, with a new nonprofit organization that the department creates, organized under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of Title 26 of the United States Code, or with another state agency to create, operate, or maintain, or any combination thereof, the platform."
Presented to the California Wetlands Monitoring Workgroup by Tony Hale, PhD
San Francisco Estuary Institute-Aquatic Science Center
Nov 21, 2016

Source: DSC, Delta Science Program
Connections to EcoAtlas
We already provide open access to the data
We are actively integrating with other systems to share the data
Delta View
Central Coast Tracker
Bay Delta Live
An open data platform does not help to contextualize/interpret/filter the data in ways customized to the science
An open data platform does not help to collect and validate the data
Our primary value proposition will remain intact.
Source: DataONE
Data Life Cycle
"Open Data Platform"
Upcoming Meetings and Timeline
Ongoing conversations and solicitations (vendors, agencies, etc)
Workgroup meetings (other CWQMC meetings, etc)
Steering Committee of the DMWG (Dec 16, 2016)
Meeting called by DWR to review functional requirements (Feb 2016)
Data sharing protocols devised and published (Jan 1, 2018)
RFPs released (April 1, 2018)
All water and ecological data on the platform made available (Sept 1, 2019)
All data related to California water supply and management from USBR, USFWS, NOAA, USGS, and USFS be made available (Aug 1, 2020)
Biggest Challenges
The Act identifies many different domains and incompatible data formats.
Spatial and temporal differences alone will be challenging to harmonize
Ecological data is very heterogeneous. Various standards for metadata and data formats.
Failure is likely. Remains to be seen where the "lines of success" might be drawn.
Timeline is very aggressive. Not adequate opportunity to consult.
Many projects already underway: Data.ca.gov, etc. Not clear how they would be integrated or superseded.
The greatest hazard is setting the bar too low!
Submitted by Assemblyman Bill Dodd
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