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Northwest Colorado.  Photo by Kirby Wynn.

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Northern Piceance Basin Water-Quality Data Repository

Northern Piceance

Purpose of the repository

As large-scale energy development continues in the northern Piceance Basin, there is potential for changes in surface-water and groundwater resources. Recognizing this possibility, numerous local governments, municipalities, and energy companies operating in the northern Piceance Basin identified the need for a common data repository. This common data repository provides an invaluable contribution to the planning, monitoring, conservation, and management of water resources in the northern Piceance Basin.


OBJECTIVES

To develop an open and collaborative data-sharing and water resource assessment process that includes local citizens, industry, government agencies, and other stakeholders.

To develop a public, web-accessible common data repository, providing all entities equal access to the latest information.

To publish a baseline assessment of available water resource data.

To develop regional water monitoring strategies to fill data gaps and minimize redundancies.

Approach

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with energy industry, federal, local, and State agency partners, are creating and maintaining a public, web accessible common data repository. The repository will combine water-quality sampling data from industry, local, State, Federal, and other data sources. Data will be screened and merged from disparate locations and formats into a single uniform format. Routines to streamline future data repository updates will be developed. The quality and completeness of the incoming data will be reviewed and documented.

Using the repository, the USGS will evaluate all available water-resource data to develop a baseline assessment of the region's water resources. Assessment results will facilitate the development of regional monitoring strategies to fill identified data gaps and minimize redundancies in current and future water resource monitoring.

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