Presentation Abstract

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Nutrient Management Program (DNMP) works with tribal, state, local and Canadian partners to publicly share preliminary fecal coliform monitoring data. As data becomes available it is combined into a unified and regularly updated online map: http://arcg.is/1qvHDq. The map improves transparency of agency monitoring and increases engagement with local farmers, land managers and the public by providing easy access to water quality results. Access to preliminary data within days, presented visually, allows people to more easily link recent activities and conditions to water quality results. For DNMP, the tool enables regulated dairy farmers to evaluate their management decisions in light of nearby water quality. If data shows a problem, changes to farm practices can be made and future decision making improved. The online map is simplifying cross-boundary information transfer and strengthening efforts to identify and correct sources of bacterial pollution.

Session Title

British Columbia / Washington Collaboration on Transboundary Water Quality: Fecal Coliform Bacteria and Nitrogen in the Nooksack River

Keywords

Fecal coliform bacteria, Source identification, GIS online

Conference Track

SSE9: Transboundary Management and Policy

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE9-493

Start Date

6-4-2018 8:45 AM

End Date

6-4-2018 9:00 AM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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English

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Prompt data sharing promotes engagement and generates change

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Nutrient Management Program (DNMP) works with tribal, state, local and Canadian partners to publicly share preliminary fecal coliform monitoring data. As data becomes available it is combined into a unified and regularly updated online map: http://arcg.is/1qvHDq. The map improves transparency of agency monitoring and increases engagement with local farmers, land managers and the public by providing easy access to water quality results. Access to preliminary data within days, presented visually, allows people to more easily link recent activities and conditions to water quality results. For DNMP, the tool enables regulated dairy farmers to evaluate their management decisions in light of nearby water quality. If data shows a problem, changes to farm practices can be made and future decision making improved. The online map is simplifying cross-boundary information transfer and strengthening efforts to identify and correct sources of bacterial pollution.