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DOI - 42 - Advisory Committee on Water Information - Agency Authority


Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Water InformationAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number42
Original Establishment Date9/9/1996Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date7/2/2020Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Limited 35
Current Charter Date7/2/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*ACWI Coordinator, Water Mission Area
Date Of Renewal Charter7/2/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Kristen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*McSwain
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*43 USC 31 et seq.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(919) 571-4022
Effective Date Of Authority*3/3/1879Designated Federal Officer Fax*919.571.4041
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the ACWI is to represent the interests of water-information users and professionals in advising the Federal Government on Federal water-information programs and their effectiveness in meeting the Nation's water-information needs. Member organizations will help to foster communications between the Federal and non-Federal sectors on sharing water information. The ACWI and its active subgroups hold open meetings to obtain information about water information programs, activities, and plans. Most subgroup work is accomplished in work groups and through the use of teleconferencing and web-conferencing. The subgroups produce recommendations, white papers, databases, guidelines, reports, and other products, which are submitted to ACWI for review and approval before publication. ACWI and its subgroups also host national conferences on water resources and information, to facilitate knowledge transfer and information exchange across the entire community of water science practitioners.
How is membership balanced?*Full ACWI members are appointed by the Office of the Secretary of the Interior to serve 4-year terms. The members are major national organizations that represent a wide range of water resources interests and functions. Representation on the ACWI includes all levels of Federal, State, and local government, public interest groups, academia, private industry, non-profit groups, and professional organizations. Member organizations designate their representatives and alternates, and these individuals are vetted through the Department of the Interior’s White House Liaison Office. Membership is limited to a maximum of 35 organizations. ACWI continues a policy of identifying non-Federal member organizations to serve as sponsors, local hosts, and/or co-chairs for ACWI-sanctioned Task Forces and Conferences, including the biennial National Monitoring Conferences and the Joint Federal Interagency Conference on Sedimentation and Hydrologic Modeling. Representatives of many ACWI member organizations, both government and non-government, participate actively on ACWI's subcommittees. Federal agency staff provide scientific and technical advice on program development, and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provide significant staff support for ACWI activities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings are held annually, although no meeting was held in 2020 because of lapsed membership. In addition to providing a forum for annual reports from ACWI subgroups, the ACWI annual meeting includes presentations and discussions that address key national concerns and programs related to improved coordination of water resources efforts.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The advice and consultation of ACWI is essential because of the extensive interactions among Federal, tribal, regional, State, and non-governmental sectors for funding, collecting, and using water information for decision-making. These complex partnerships for acquiring and sharing water information reduce the overall Federal costs for operating resource management and environmental protection programs. Many non-Federal entities routinely provide water information used by numerous Federal agencies. In addition, other levels of government and the private sector use Federal water information for making critical decisions, from State and local flood-forecasting to save lives and property, to managing downstream habitat. Some aspects of public access to water information have become both more critical and more sensitive due to increased concerns about water security. Both government and non-government groups, including non-profit volunteer monitoring organizations and local watershed groups, conduct extensive activities for assessing and monitoring water quality across the United States. Data and information from these multi-scale monitoring programs provide significant input to federally regulated programs for protecting the environment, as well as for safe recreational use of rivers and streams by individual citizens. Frequent and reliable communication and consultation is needed to achieve reasonable geographic coverage, to improve access to information, to improve data comparability, and to enhance quality control and quality assurance of data collected from these multiple sources.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not applicable - ACWI annual meetings are announced in the Federal Register, are open to the public, and include processes that provide opportunity for public comment. All related subgroup meetings are widely advertised through the ACWI membership and the ACWI public web site, and are open to the public. For current information on all ACWI and subgroup meetings, as well as a large suite of subgroup products and databases, visit the ACWI web site at
Recommendation RemarksThe ACWI did not meet in FY 2020. The ACWI terminated on July 2, 2020 when its charter expired without renewal.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentACWI has balanced membership among Federal, State, and local governments, along with non-profit professional and technical associations, as well as academia and the private sector. This structure promotes trust in government through the open meetings and consensus-building approach used by this committee, and as a result, serious consideration is given to ACWI comments, which are used to enhance draft reports and products. The ACWI continues to update their website making sure information is readily available for past meetings including presentations and meeting minutes.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentBecause the Committee makes recommendations not just to Interior, but to multiple Federal water agencies, as well as to other levels of government, non-profit associations, and the private sector through its member organizations, it is not possible to estimate direct cost savings. Products developed directly by ACWI subcommittees include databases, web portals, standards, guidelines, and training that improve the usability of data and information collected and developed by Federal, State, and local governments and volunteer organizations in determining the quality and sustainability of their water resources. For example, data portals that utilize “web services” enable users to make queries regarding water data, without needing to know which agency’s database contains that data, thus saving users considerable time and effort. Portals sponsored by ACWI include both the data portal established by USGS and EPA ( and the National Groundwater Monitoring Network data portal ( established by USGS in collaboration with a variety of Federal, State, and local partners.ACWI subcommittees also provide numerous free online tools that save time and money for water professionals by providing a single resource, rather than requiring users to search multiple places. For example the National Environmental Methods Index and the Water Quality Data Elements Users Guide (both ACWI products) give users a quick reference for choosing the most appropriate water-quality analysis methods and for developing appropriate meta-data that can help future users to better understand the context of that data. Another example of cost savings is Bulletin 17-C (“Guidelines for Determining Flood Flow Frequency”) a USGS report vetted through ACWI’s Subcommittee on Hydrology (SOH) that is used to help delineate flood-prone areas, for the purposes of the National Flood Insurance Program. During 2012, SOH began the process of updating this bulletin for the first time in 30 years; This report was published in March 2018 and will have significant impacts for communities across the Nation, as the methods defined in Bulletin 17-C inform literally millions of decisions about construction, land use, and emergency response.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*95Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThere were no new recommendations in FY 2020.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*71.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentACWI makes recommendations not just to the Department of the Interior, but to all 5 of its other Federal agency members. In particular, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which jointly co-chair two major ACWI subgroups, generally support and try to implement the ACWI recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*22.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThere were no new recommendations in FY 2020. The ACWI makes recommendations to a diverse group of government and non-government entities who voluntarily implement those recommendations to varying degrees where prudent and/or feasible.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAs manager of ACWI, USGS maintains an extensive public website (, which provides direct access to all ACWI committee and subcommittee meetings, minutes, action items, recommendations, products, and activities. Each of the ACWI subgroups has its own website, which in turn provide results from working groups, as well as access to major databases, publications, fact sheets, newsletters, webinars, on-line conference registration and subsequent results, and other activities and products developed by ACWI and its member agencies and organizations. All of these materials, once approved by ACWI, are published on the ACWI website, helping to maintain a completely open and public process. In addition, ACWI member organizations are encouraged to use their own communications mechanisms, such as email groups, newsletters, and frequent teleconferences, to disseminate and promote ACWI recommendations and results throughout their organizations. The membership of ACWI and its subgroups includes literally dozens of State, local, regional, professional, academic, and non-profit organizations and consortia, ensuring a wide distribution network. The member organizations also support a number of national conferences, such as the biennial National Monitoring Conferences, which assists in providing broader input to ACWI from the larger water resources community, as well as educating the participants about ACWI activities, products, and recommendations. Information about these conferences, including their results and recommendations, is also accessible through the ACWI website. Special projects of ACWI, such as the water-quality and groundwater data portals, are promoted through exhibits, poster sessions, and handouts at major national conferences.
Agency Feedback Comment*As the manager of ACWI, USGS provides regular feedback to the representatives of ACWI member organizations, and through those organizations to their membership, throughout the year through a variety of communication mechanisms. Each ACWI subgroup provides a report of its activities, including products and recommendations, at an annual meeting of ACWI. ACWI then concurs with or provides further guidance on those activities and accomplishments. The results of the meetings are published as minutes and action items, which are distributed to all members via email and are placed on the public ACWI website ( As needed throughout the year and between meetings, USGS provides draft documents or other information to ACWI members for review and comment, requests approvals as necessary, and disseminates final results and products primarily through email and/or web-based conferencing. USGS also maintains an extensive ACWI website to promote ACWI activities and products; this website includes many links that give the public ready access to both general and technical information and data from multiple Federal, State, and non-government water resources organizations. For example, the National Water Quality Monitoring Council maintains a public website that links to all existing State and regional water quality monitoring councils, and to information about the volunteer monitoring community.Narrative Description*The USGS manages the Advisory Committee on Water Information for the Department of the Interior, in alignment with department and bureau goals. This is accomplished through activities that contribute to DOI Strategic Plan Mission Area 1 (Conserving Our Land and Water) Goal 1 (Utilize science in land, water, species and habitat management supporting) Strategy 1 (Apply science to land, water, and species management) and Mission Area 5 (Protecting Our People and the Border) Goal 4 (Provide science to safeguard communities from natural hazards) Strategy 1 (Monitor and assess natural hazards risk and response planning).ACWI provides a neutral and objective forum where Interior and other water-related Federal agencies can work together to coordinate activities, share resources, and collaborate on the collection, storage, management, analysis, and dissemination of water information. This collaboration occurs among agencies with a diversity of missions and management responsibilities: regulation (Environmental Protection Agency), science (USGS), land and resource management (Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service), oceans and coastal resources (NOAA's National Ocean Service), flood forecasting (NOAA's National Weather Service) or other water-related activities. For example, the many State and non-government member associations within ACWI broadly disseminate water data, information, and guidelines produced by ACWI and its Federal member agencies, which directly assists volunteer monitoring groups, local and regional watershed groups, and State and regional monitoring councils to improve water quality and resource decision-making. Examples include the water-quality data portal ( that brings together USGS and EPA data so that users can make inquiries through a single interface, the National Groundwater Monitoring Network Portal ( that provides a compilation of selected groundwater monitoring wells from Federal, State, and local groundwater monitoring networks across the Nation, the on-line National Environmental Methods Index (NEMI – currently with more than 1,000 holdings and a new component that deals with methods for statistical assessment), the guidelines for Water Quality Data Elements, and training and knowledge transfer accomplished through the hosting of national conferences (such as the National Monitoring Conference last held in March 2019). An important component of ensuring the availability of long-term environmental information and analyses is the work done by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC), which has helped to improve intergovernmental communications through the formation of (and continuing interaction with) numerous State, Regional, and Tribal Monitoring Councils. During FY 2020, the NWQMC has continued regular dialogue and information exchange with these non-Federal monitoring councils.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
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Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031732National Water Quality Assessment Program, National Liaison Committee2020
 COM-032164National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC)2020
 COM-031534Subcommittee on Ground Water2020
 COM-030814Subcommittee on Hydrology2020
 COM-032347Subcommittee on Sedimentation2020
 COM-032338Subcommittee on Spatial Water Data2020
 COM-030866Subcommittee on Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable2020
 COM-031280Water Resources Adaptation to Climate Change Workgroup (WRACCW)2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035421Advisory Committee on Water Information2019
 COM-033271Advisory Committee on Water Information2018
 COM-001577Advisory Committee on Water Information2017
 COM-002771Advisory Committee on Water Information2016
 COM-003668Advisory Committee on Water Information2015
 COM-004998Advisory Committee on Water Information2014
 COM-005726Advisory Committee on Water Information2013
 COM-007006Advisory Committee on Water Information2012
 COM-007747Advisory Committee on Water Information2011
 COM-009157Advisory Committee on Water Information2010
 COM-009967Advisory Committee on Water Information2009
 COM-011233Advisory Committee on Water Information2008
 COM-011817Advisory Committee on Water Information2007
 COM-012934Advisory Committee on Water Information2006
 COM-013526Advisory Committee on Water Information2005
 COM-014867Advisory Committee on Water Information2004
 COM-015601Advisory Committee on Water Information2003
 COM-016892Advisory Committee on Water Information2002
 COM-017511Advisory Committee on Water Information2001
 COM-018778Advisory Committee on Water Information2000
 COM-019361Advisory Committee on Water Information1999
 COM-020693Advisory Committee on Water Information1998
 COM-021228Advisory Committee on Water Information1997