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Nancy L Barber

Nancy Barber is a hydrologist with the South Atlantic Water Science Center in Norcross, Ga. with more than 30 years experience in water-use information and databases. Her current role is Product Owner for the modernized Water Use Data System which is under development.


Nancy began her career at the Georgia Geologic Survey, working on an early voluntary irrigation reporting system and the compilation of Georgia data for the report Estimated use of water in the United States in 1980. During graduate school in 1986, she joined the USGS Texas District as a hydrologist, then took a full-time position in the Mississippi District in 1987 where she worked on a groundwater modeling project and a water-use project on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway area. In 1994 she transferred to the Georgia District, now a part of the South Atlantic Water Science Center to lead the Groundwater Information Unit, before moving back into water-use project work.

Nancy worked on the 5-year national water-use compilations from 1980 to 2015. She was a water-use subject matter expert and database tester for the unsuccessful NWIS-II effort, and later was a member of the Water Use User Group and Groundwater User Group which developed user requirements, testing plans, and documentation for the water-use and groundwater subsystems for the National Water Information System (NWIS). Nancy currently is the Product Owner of the Water Use Data System which will replace the legacy water-use components of NWIS, coordinating stakeholder needs for the new system and communicating them to the software development team.