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The Tribal Water Quality Data Roadmap tool helps tribes submit water quality data to the Water Quality eXchange (WQX). A tribe answers six questions about existing and future work. Based on the answers, the Tribal Water Quality Roadmap tool creates a customized guide for a tribe to use to collect and share water quality monitoring data.

CHALLENGE

In 2015, 138 of the nation’s 271 tribes submitted their water quality data to the Water Quality eXchange (WQX). The project was an effort to help Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 106-eligible tribes, who are interested in doing so, submit their data to WQX.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The Roadmap project sparked not only the development of the Roadmap tool but also the creation of new, easy-to-understand WQX training documents and videos. The shared governance model provided tribes and U.S. EPA the opportunity to work together to address a common need. The Roadmap tool was released in late 2016 and can be found on the WQX/STORET webpage at www.epa.gov/storet under the “Learn More” tab.

In addition to creating a custom guide to share water quality data with U.S. EPA, the tool calculates summary statistics and plots graphs of a tribe’s existing data in WQX using web services. This provides a tribe an opportunity to:

  • View their previous submissions
  • Be more consistent with reporting water quality results
  • Identify quality assurance issues in the data to promote quality data submissions

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Continue to promote tribal water quality data as the basis for good environmental decision-making
  • Create a roadmap for tribes to develop and deliver water quality monitoring data, even during times of staff turnover.

GET INVOLVED

Find more information at: Water Data and Tools: STORET and WQX

Find the tool at: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-01/road_map_creator_v1.1.xlsm

The E-Enterprise Tribal Roadmap for WQX Submissions Tool can be found on the WQX/STORET webpage under “Learn More.”