“Drought is more than a physical phenomenon or natural event. Its impact results from the relationship between a natural event and demands on the water supply, and it is often exacerbated by human activities.”-2012,WPCAG Drought Workgroup report to the CT Water Planning Council.
The USGS stream-gauging program provides streamflow data for a variety of purposes that range from current needs, such as flood forecasting, to future or long-term needs, such as detection of changes in streamflow due to human activities or global warming.
Additional years of record provide ever-improving accuracy of estimates of streamflow characteristics, such as the magnitude of extreme infrequent floods or low flows, and an opportunity to determine how streamflow characteristics are changing over time due to such causes as agricultural practices, urbanization, ground-water development, or climate change.
The Water Watchers webinar introduces data collection and tools used by PRWC. Carol Haskins, Executive Director, introduces the audience to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Real Time Stream Flow, Groundwater and Precipitation Data, and an Interactive Stream Assessments Map, as well as how the data is shared with the community.