Title: Watershed Central (US EPA) 
Resource Type: web links 
Producers or distributor US Environmental protection Agency - US EPA 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Web link for product information: http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/watershedcentral/  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Sediments
Water resources and their management -->Costs, benefits and sustainability
Water resources and their management -->Monitoring and mitigation
Water resources and their management -->River basin management
Water resources and their management -->River basins
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Short description: Watershed Central was developed to bridge the gap between user needs and the variety of resources offered by EPA and other groups.  The result is an interactive web-based resource that helps users locate the information they need, including environmental data, watershed models, guidance documents, nearby local organizations, technical resources and funding.   A unique feature of Watershed Central is the “Watershed Central Wiki”—similar to Wikipedia—which allows registered users to submit case studies, tools, local approaches to watershed management, lessons learned and success stories.  To ensure that user needs are met and information is up-to-date, three teams were established—a Content Team, a User Team and an Information Technology (IT) Team.  Team members and participants are solicited from within and outside EPA. In addition, as a feedback mechanism, EPA has sponsored regional workshops where participants are introduced to Watershed Central and encouraged to collaborate on improving the information it contains. The Watershed Central teams and other participants utilize the wiki site as a forum for discussing and vetting information for inclusion on the Watershed Central public web site. Watershed Central is a cooperative development effort among EPA’s Office of Research and Development (National Risk Management Research Laboratory), Office of Water (Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds), and Office of Environmental Information.  This growing and changing program is part of EPA’s ongoing commitment to the protection of human health and the environment. 
Link to Organisation(s): EPA Environmental Protection Agency
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 02/07/2009

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