The value of water monitoring? Who should know that best but the employees of the Agency. Such an activity makes it possible for our staff to disseminate information and data to relevant stakeholders, as well as, make it possible for policy changes and best practices and procedures.
However, putting that information into words, especially when advocating, for programmes, equipment and even finance means that water resource managers, environmentalists and hydrologists, need to talk the talk and not just walk the walk.
One such document, that may aid in this endeavor is the book “The Value of Water Monitoring” published by Aquatic Informatics and available in digital format.
This monograph is 55 pages in length (that’s right not as huge as some of the documents you guys have to read) and is expected to serve many of our staff members, such as water resource managers, environmentalists, water quality specialists, hydrologists and water resource engineers, not to mention, other persons who have a general interest in water monitoring.
Topics discussed include hydrological information, decision-making, sustainability, transforming data and the cost and benefits of water monitoring.
A case study is also made available on the varied use and value of hydrological information for a small district in New Zealand. (If you have read my previous posts, you may have read one that discussed the importance of case studies – if not, then what are you waiting on?)
This document provides illustrations, references and also contains links for persons to source some of the information cited so anyone wishing to read this document can email me or check me at my desk. 🙂