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Water Center at Penn: USGS / EPA Virtual Data Webinar Thursday, August 12th 10:00 – 11:30am EDT

August 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

USGS / EPA Virtual Data Webinar
Thursday, August 12th
10:00 – 11:30am EDT


Goal: Present one avenue to accomplish shared data recovery and storage through USGS and EPA resources.

Attendees will receive an introduction to…

Data in Southwestern PA:
Before jumping into the USGS/EPA joint presentation, the Water Center team will host a discussion with attendees to go over data-related activities in the SW PA region and provide a chance for individuals to give feedback on next steps for improving collaborative approaches to regional data collection and management.

To join this event or for any questions, please email Miriam Hacker at Event details will be sent directly to those interested.



Development assistance for a robust watershed-wide water data collection, monitoring, and communication framework


In the Phase 1 report, Accelerating Transformational Change in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers, one recommendation emphasized an opportunity to strengthen and leverage existing data-related efforts in the Southwestern PA region. Based on this recommendation, a second set of interviews were done between 2019 and 2020 with 18 key stakeholders involved with data collection/generation and data usage.

Initial findings are available in a discussion paper, Southwestern Pennsylvania Data Landscape. There appears to be interest behind unifying data efforts in the region – first by bringing together local stakeholders involved with data-related activities to assess and prioritize the opportunities identified by the Water Center team and developing a unified path forward.

In March 2021, a series of Data Roundtable Sessions were organized by the Water Center team, in partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences, CivicMapper, and Three Rivers Quest (3RQ). The goal of these meetings was to facilitate discussions with SW PA stakeholders involved with data-related activities about what is needed to create a roadmap for regionally-driven water data collection, monitoring, and use to ensure informed decision-making around water resource management. From these meetings, an initial roadmap was developed (below).
Next steps for the SW PA Data Initiative

  • Webinars are being organized with various data resources in the regions, including PA DEP, USGS, EPA. See above for the next event.
  • Based on feedback from the Roundtable sessions, the Water Center team will be coordinating efforts to develop a framework to capture existing data-related resources in the region.

For more information

  • To become more involved with the SW PA Water Data Initiative, join the Basecamp group using this link.
  • For questions or feedback, contact Erica DePalma at



August 12, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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