About time we collaborated to map border regions hydrographic contextual cartography: The IJC, in collaboration with Environment Canada, Agriculture Agr-Food Canada, USGS, MBWS, ND and MN have been coordinating the harmonization of the framework hydrographic datasets along the Canadian – US boundary. One immediate value added is our ability to now focus on the contextual geography of our shared waters, moving away from silos of information. Building off the harmonized geospatial framework, the IJC is moving forward with the development and implementation of web map services: these web services (see example of how the IJC is serving up the information in the link below) give the public the opportunity to view data and attributable information in one service. Users of this map service can zoom, pan, and view gaging information- a first step. http://ijc.projectstagingserver.com/en/Detailed_Red_River http://redriverbasincommission.org/IJC_Map/ijc_map.html

Start me up!

This summer of 2012 is high season for political consultants. It will ramp up even more as the fall elections draw near. I chose a different route for the rest of 2012. Yes, I am following the polls and, like everyone else, avoiding political ads and paring through political commentary. No reason listen to those pundits I agree with and less reason to listen to those I disagree with! So shifting my sites to scholarly pursuit of editing and updating international and binational organizational success on ameliorating water boundary disputes. Maybe a peak into Green party seat wins too.

As elections are won and the newly elected take their seats in public office, the public has their say on certain topics. Some of these topics endure. Water quantity and quality remain important issues for the electorate and stakeholders – all that value this precious resource. This blog aims to ask questions, report facts, interview experts and expand the dialogue on water related controversies. Headquartered in the Catskill Mountains of New York in the Delaware water basin, the blogger will explore this region and other important watersheds. Join in the discussion and explore the very thing that makes life possible on earth – water.