Water quality is fundamental to our regional agricultural and food production industries, is of significant concern for Midwestern and Gulf environmental health, and is essential for other regional economic interests that include recreation. The data revolution presents a new and exciting opportunity to address water-quality challenges. Various efforts are underway to store and standardize the large volumes of public water-quality data collected through existing federal, state, and local programs. However, new forms of water data from on-site instruments, satellites, and citizen-science programs are rapidly increasing, and many of these data streams originate in the nonprofit, academic, and private sectors with disparate data standards.

Get involved with the MBDH:

Join our quarterly Water Data Forum webinar series, presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Water Alliance and the Water Environment Federation—a cross-sector panel discussion of experts on all aspects of water, data, and innovation. These webinars took place monthly throughout 2021, and resumed as bimonthly webinars in March 2022. In 2023, the webinars are being presented on a quarterly basis. See our Water Data Forum Sessions page for more information.

Participate in our aquatic invasive species workshop and community data needs assessment activities. These activities began in December 2021. Complete our contact form to stay aware of upcoming activities.