Priority Data Exchanges
The following data exchanges are used by Network Partners to share water-related data.
Ambient Water Quality
Under the BEACH Act (Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act), grant recipients are required to submit beach monitoring data to U.S. EPA. The Beach Monitoring data exchange allows for the reporting of beach monitoring, station location, and sample and result data to EPA’s STORET Data Warehouse through the Water Quality Exchange (WQX). To report notification data, see the Beach Notification data exchange.
Under the BEACH Act (Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act), grant recipients are required to submit beach notification data to EPA. The Beach Notification data exchange supports the reporting of beach meta data, contact information, and beach advisory and closing data. The Flow Implementation Guide provides a high-level overview of the data flow. To report monitoring data, see the Beach Monitoring data exchange.
The U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office (CBPO) Non-Point Source Best Management Practices (NPS BMP) Data Exchange allows Chesapeake Bay States to submit and solicit NPS BMP data to and from CBPO. Implementation Resources are available here.
The OWIR data exchange allows Partners to submit Integrated Reporting [303(d)/305(b)] water quality assessment data. This data set is taken from the Partner’s assessment data management system and submitted through its node for inclusion in EPA’s Assessment, TMDL Tracking And ImplementatioN System (ATTAINS). The OWIR data flow is used in conjunction with the NHDEvent data flow to exchange spatial representations of the … View Data Exchange »
The Northeast and Coastal Ocean Data Partnership (NeCODP) developed the Ocean Data Partnership Exchange (ODPX) to accommodate a variety of non-regulatory environmental monitoring data types. The Partnership is composed of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceanography, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Gulf of Maine Council, … View Data Exchange »
The states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska developed the Pacific Northwest Water Quality Data Exchange to aggregate and access a comprehensive source of high-quality water data in the Pacific Northwest. Working together, the states developed XML schema to share water quality data. Each state then established a secure Network Node and began publishing the data in XML. Simple query tools retrieve information from … View Data Exchange »
This exchange has been coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Information Resources Management and Water Monitoring and Standards Unit. The WQDE builds on the Water Quality eXchange (WQX) and features an enhanced WQX schema and web services for submitting project descriptions, images, and data. New Jersey developed robust tools for retrieving this information and disseminating it via … View Data Exchange »
The Water Quality Exchange (WQX) data flow allows Network Partners to share ambient water quality data with EPA. As the primary framework for sharing data at the national level and compiling data in the STORET Data Warehouse, WQX replaces the distributed STORET database. EPA stopped accepting submissions via the distributed STORET database in September 2009. For more information, visit WQX and STORET and review the WQX … View Data Exchange »
Drinking Water Quality
States have the primary responsibility for implementing and enforcing the drinking water standards promulgated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Most of the laboratory data the State Drinking Water Programs receive from either the state laboratories or private commercial laboratories come as paper documents that must be manually entered into the State’s information system. The manual entry of information is labor … View Data Exchange »
This data flow allows users to submit data to the U.S. EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS). SDWIS is an EPA national database that contains information about public water systems and their violations of EPA’s drinking water regulations. Agencies submit federally reported drinking water data to EPA based on three separate subject areas (i.e., Inventory, Actions, and Samples). A separate data … View Data Exchange »
The Underground Injection Controls (UIC) data exchange allows Partners to share information on underground injection wells. The Safe Drinking Water Act established EPA’s Underground Injection Control Program to provide safeguards so that injection wells do not endanger underground sources of drinking water. The Flow Implementation Guide provides a high-level overview of this data flow.
The National Hydrography Dataset Events (NHDEvent) data exchange enables participants to submit spatial representations of surface water-related features. It supplements water program-related data flows that exchange surface water attribute information. NHDEvent is not a standalone data flow; rather, it provides the means for Partners to submit: Spatial representations of surface water features; Surface water feature links to the underlying NHD features; Feature-level spatial metadata; … View Data Exchange »
The National Hydrography Dataset Update (NHDUpdate) data exchange enables the transmittal of updates to the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) created by local updaters or state NHD data stewards to the national NHD data repository administered by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The flow also enables USGS to send updates from the national repository to satellite NHD databases administered by other agencies, … View Data Exchange »
Point Source Monitoring
The Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) exchange makes state environmental data associated with CAFOs available on the Exchange Network. Under the Southeast CAFO Environmental Information Exchange pilot project, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committed to develop a set of schemas and a node client that allows users to query multiple state nodes at once returning an aggregated result set. Mississippi, North … View Data Exchange »
The Integrated Compliance Information System–National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES) data exchange allows Partners to provide NPDES data to EPA in an XML format and check the results to correct common errors that may occur with their submissions. As of December 10, 2012, version 4.0 of the data flow accommodates all data families including inspections, permits, effluent, enforcement, violations, and program reports. … View Data Exchange »
Built on previous efforts to create electronic discharge monitoring reports (eDMRs), NetDMR provides a generic, open-standards-based, CROMERR-approved, thoroughly documented eDMR system. See the NetDMR Success Story for more information its development. The NetDMR system is composed of a freely available web-based JAVA application for accepting electronic DMRs from permittees and for the regulatory authority to manage signatory user access, and Network-approved interfaces to EPA’s ICIS-NPDES system featuring: … View Data Exchange »
The ICIS Data Access data exchange allows Partners to request and receive ICIS data in XML format. The Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS) currently holds National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Federal Enforcement and Compliance (FE&C) data. Partners can now request NPDES reference codes for parameter, pollutant, unit, and affiliation types. Future versions of the data exchange will allow Partners to request additional reference … View Data Exchange »