Our focus is to provide the scientific data, tools, and analysis needed to facilitate freshwater awareness and research, planning and prioritization, and water management policy. We do this by creating a place – an online platform that is easily and freely accessible to anyone – where data and ideas come together. We also do this by creating and fostering collaborative partnerships focused on data exploration and analysis, on research direction, and on outreach. This network is a resource for anyone who wants to know more about their watershed and freshwater resources.
We go to the doctor to get a check-up to understand our health. Likewise, we need to assess the current health of our watersheds to know how they are doing through time. This enables us to plan for a healthy future.
Often, knowing what you don’t know is as important as knowing what you do know. By creating a space for comprehensive data exploration, we’ve performed an analysis of where critical information gaps reside.
All the information in the world is not useful if no one is using it. Communication and outreach are, therefore, key facets of the Freshwater Network.