Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Collaboration Partners

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One of the strongest ways to ensure that science is done effectively and efficiently in the midst of ever decreasing budgets is to collaborate.

Collaborations Groups and Organizations

One of the strongest ways to ensure that science is done effectively and efficiently in the midst of ever decreasing budgets is to collaborate. These groups who consist of government—state, federal, local—agencies as well as universities, industry, and consultants work together to identify water resource issues—water hazards, quality, and quantity—and the needed research to help environmental managers make sound decisions. The IN-KY Water Science Center is a proud member of the following collaborations.

OhioIndiana, and Kentucky Silver Jackets

Silver Jackets teams in states across the United States bring together multiple state, federal, and sometimes tribal and local agencies to learn from one another in reducing flood risk and other natural disasters.  By applying their shared knowledge, the teams enhance response and recovery efforts when such events do occur. While some states do not use the “Silver Jackets” name, there are a growing number of states applying the Silver Jackets approach – the ultimate goal is a state-led interagency team in every state. No single agency has all the answers, but leveraging multiple programs and perspectives can provide a cohesive solution.

Ohio Water Resources Committee 

The Ohio Water Resources Committee (OWRC) provides water resource leadership for the state. OWRC is made up of numerous agencies and organizations that are involved in protecting Ohio’s valuable water resources. Coordination is necessary to ensure that Ohio’s water resources are managed to benefit public health, ecological integrity and economic vitality for Ohio’s present and future generations.

Indiana Water Monitoring Council

The Indiana Water Monitoring Council (InWMC) serves as a broad-based, state-wide body to enhance the communication, collaboration and coordination of professionals, organizations, and individuals involved in water monitoring within Indiana. Founded in 2008, the InWMC:

  • Provides a forum for communication among groups that are monitoring
  • Promotes sharing monitoring information including data, and effective procedures and protocols for sample collection
  • Facilitates the development of collaborative monitoring strategies

Water Management Association of Ohio

The Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO) supports Ohio's water-resource professionals with essential information, education , and networking opportunities. WMAO's vision is to be recognized statewide as the go-to community for people who manage and safeguard Ohio's water resources.

Indiana Water Resources Association

The Indiana Water Resources Association (IWRA) was founded in 1979 as a state affiliate of the American Water Resources Association to promote water resources research, education, and communication in Indiana. The IWRA is an organization of several hundred professionals and students working in all aspects of water resources. Its members include scientists, engineers, regulators, educators, policy-makers, and students from government agencies, universities, industry, consulting firms, and other water related groups.

Association of State Floodplain Managers

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) promotes education, policies and activities that mitigate current and future losses, costs and human suffering caused by flooding, and to protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains - all without causing adverse impacts.

Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee

The Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee (KASMC) was created in 2009, and now includes over 20 members, who represent a wide range of state, federal, and local agencies, academic institutions, and the agricultural indsutry. The objective of the Committee is to coordinate agricultural science and monitoring efforst in Kentucky in order to promote sustainable agriculture and a healthy environment.

With this goal in mind, KASMC will identify focal points for agriculutural science and monitoring activities that effectively target and address the most critical issues. KASMC enables cooperative science and efficient collaboration among researchers from all applicable entities within Kentucky and the region.

A long term goal of KASMC is to develop studies to better quantify agriculutural-related processes, such as stormwater runoff, fate and transport of nutrients, pesticides, and pathogens, and Best Management Practices (BMP) effectiveness.

Ohio Floodplain Management Association

The Ohio Floodplain Management Association (OFMA) is the leading resource for floodplain management professionals in Ohio. They are an organization dedicated to promoting sound and effective floodplain management and to providing training to floodplain managers.