Data Exchange Description
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 the Exchange Network Browser and NJGeoWeb, and internet mapping application. The WQDE supports the sharing of water quality data among federal, state, private, and non-profit partners.
Water Monitoring information for New Jersey is tracked by many organizations, most keep the data in individual databases in their own unique format. Historically, it had been difficult and time consuming to pull all this data together to perform a comprehensive water quality analysis. Through the WQDE, web services are used to integrate water quality monitoring results from a variety of data partners, and share it out amongst the partners.
The Water Monitoring Inventory/Data Portal is an important tool for data retrieval. The EN Browser was modified to create the Inventory. Thus, data from multiple states can be shared, along with multi-media based searches. A WQX outbound flow of data was also developed for reporting to EPA.
The Inventory and other components developed in this project can serve as a foundation for any state or tribe, wishing to share ambient water monitoring data.