Long Island Quality of Water Integrated Data System (LIQWIDS)
The Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) is inviting proposals from qualified consultants to provide direct assistance, coordination, and administration for the Long Island Quality of Water Integrated Data System project.
The Long Island Quality of Water Integrated Data System (LIQWIDS) project – an essential part of the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP) initiative – is a one-stop portal for water quality data collected in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Access to Long Island-specific water-quality data is vital to local, state and federal officials, advocates, scientists and others engaged in making important resource management and regulatory decisions. At present, this data exists in various forms and with different degrees of accessibility. Data collected by federal, state, and local government agencies are mostly available to the public; however, not all are readily accessible via an electronic database that can be remotely queried.
LIQWIDS is a multifaceted system designed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) which provides a custom, map-based user interface for sharing ambient water quality data in a format that allows local stakeholders to visualize their data along with all other available data. The stakeholders include NYSDEC, LIRPC, officials from Nassau and Suffolk Counties, USGS, South Shore Estuary Reserve, Peconic Estuary Partnership, Long Island Sound Study, environmental groups, academic institutions, water quality monitoring groups and other interested parties.
LIQWIDS has been designed to link to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Quality Portal, which is a repository for data submitted through the Water Quality Exchange (WQX). WQX is the mechanism for data partners to submit water monitoring data for public dissemination. The Water Quality Portal is the mechanism for anyone to retrieve water monitoring data from EPA WQX.
In coordination with the LIRPC and the NYSDEC, the consultant will provide direct assistance along with overall coordination, administration and short and long-term planning for assisting entities with preparing their water quality data for uploading to EPA’s WQX. The consultant will then take possession of data ready for uploading and perform all steps necessary to assure the data is accurately uploaded to WQX.
Issue Date: March 9, 2020
Proposals Due By: April 20, 2020