The Exchange Network (EN) is a joint effort between two inter-tribal consortia, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC), with 20 member Tribal Nations and the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), with 27 member Tribal Nations. The current EN for USET Member Tribal Nations is the Water Quality Exchange (WQX) Node Client Application which allows USET member Tribal Nations to send their current water quality data to EPA through the USET Node. USET has entered into a joint grant application with the NWIFC. The intent of this project is to redesign and merge the current water quality database and WQX Node Client application to create a single application that is more efficient and user friendly, and better able to support other desirable functions like data publishing. The project will also implement a web service that enables users to view water quality monitoring locations and associated data, and perform analysis of data with regard to adjacent spatial information. In addition, the two consortia will train and mentor their member Tribal Nations to use these tools and other Exchange Network services to better manage their data and easily exchange data with EPA and other EN partners. When fully implemented, this project will meet a critical business need of our member Tribal Nations – the need to manage, display, access, and spatially analyze their water quality data through easily accessible tools and web services. We expect this Grant Application to be funded sometime in the Spring of 2014.
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