Data Exchange Description
The planned Assessment, TMDL Tracking And ImplementatioN System (ATTAINS) data exchange will allow EN Partners to submit 303(d)/305(b) water quality data, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) information, and support program goals aligned with both submissions processes.
A goal of the new ATTAINS data exchange is to move the Integrated Reporting process to a paperless process using Exchange Network technology. The ATTAINS data flow that will allow for the two-way exchange of data between States, Tribes, Territories, and other EN Partners and EPA. It will also allow for the publishing of IR data via web services that will support the integrated vision of the Water Quality Framework.
The new ATTAINS will replace the existing Assessment Database (ADB), the National Total TMDL Tracking System (NTTS), and the Clean Water Act Integrated Reporting, Water Quality Assessment, Impaired Waters -OWIR data exchange. The ATTAINS data exchange will support node, node client, and cloud-based data entry. EN Partners currently using the OWIR-ATT data flow are eligible for receiving grants to provide data via the new ATTAINS data flow. EPA recommends that Partners do not pursue developing an OWIR-ATT data flow for the 2016 Integrated Reporting cycle or beyond.
To finalize the ATTAINS schema, an Integrated Project Team (IPT) will be developed. EPA plans to announce the formal release of ATTAINS v1.0 in the summer of 2015.
To obtain a copy the draft schema and draft data exchange template, or volunteer to participate in the ATTAINS IPT, email Dwane Young, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at young.dwane [at] epa.gov.
Once approved for use on the Exchange Network, the ATTAINS schema and supporting documentation will be provided.