Designing an Information Management System for Watersheds



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United States Environmental Protection Agency


To build a foundation for sound decision-making and reduce electronic data transfer time, it is important to build an information management system concurrent with the development of a watershed management framework. Based on watershed management experience in several states, 7 key steps have been identified to design an information management implementation plan. 1) Establish information management design and implementation team; 2) survey watershed planning partners; 3) identify and prioritize data needs; 4) integrate/relate existing databases and develop new databases; 5) evaluate hardware and software configurations; 6) evaluate organizational, staffing, and support issues; 7) develop short- and long-range implementation plans. Recommended milestones and guiding policies for each of these steps are detailed in the report.


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information database, GIS packages, information management system, data consortium, data management, watershed management, environmental protection