Beginning in 2011, The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana began scoping the framework for a web-based freshwater information and decision support tool that would bring together data from many sources and deliver it to the water resources community. This effort started as the Freshwater Assessment which is focused on water quality, fish diversity and flow characteristics of Louisiana’s watersheds. Due to the fact that many of Louisiana’s watersheds originate in Mississippi, we replicated the assessment blueprint for that state. In 2013, the concept of FreshwaterNetwork.org came into view: a single flexible platform that can be deployed in any geography to provide water resource information to the community. This is accomplished through the use of a framework fitted with custom ‘plug-and-play’ tools pioneered by our partners at CoastalResilience.org. Now, we are happy to announce that The Nature Conservancy of Alabama is partnering with EPA’s National Estuary Program to join The Freshwater Network as our newest geography.
While still in its early stages of development, The Freshwater Network is poised to grow in the coming years. States are not the only geographies that can join; network geographies could be as small as a single watershed or as large as the Mississippi River Basin which spans 31 states.
If you are interested to learn more about starting a Freshwater Network site, or building a specific app for to meet your research or water planning needs, please Contact Us.