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A goal of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to assure the quality of water in the US, keeping it safe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities. The Clean Water Act provided for the establishment of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program to control water pollution “by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.” Two EPA systems were in place to collect and manage the information. In a cost savings effort, a project was established to create one system, the Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS) that all states would use to report this information.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, as a member of an Integrated Project Team (IPT) with the EPA, was a pilot state for Phase I of the ICIS-NPDES batch effort and had to meet the EPA’s implementation schedule. Because of the domain expertise, technical resources and project management of RKV Technologies resources, Missouri DNR engaged RKV to work with them to complete this project in three phases.
Instead of retrofitting the legacy Water Quality Information System (WQIS) and creating another database to track the additional information required by the EPA, Missouri DNR chose to move away from the outdated technologies in WQIS and created plans for a new system, MoCWIS, Missouri Clean Water Information System. MoCWIS Phase I created the needed data management capabilities for Water Quality Standards. MoCWIS Phase II replaced legacy, stand-alone data systems that were used to manage water pollution permit applications, permit issuances and public notice, permit detail information, inspections, enforcement and reporting tools. MoCWIS Phase III – Water Quality Assessment is a new, web-based application that will integrate crucial information on Missouri’s water bodies. It creates a single repository for water quality data currently scattered throughout a mainframe system, 80 Access databases, an access tool developed by EPA and several Excel spreadsheets. In addition, MoCWIS interfaces with DNR’s Geographic Information System (GIS) for water body location and stream segment location information.
Missouri Clean Water Information System (MoCWIS) is a web-based application (Java) which provides the Missouri DNR with:
Water Quality Standards and Permitting & Compliance functionality
- Fee Tracking System Integration
- Application, permit and facility search
- Facility data and contact information maintenance
- Permit application and journal maintenance
- Permit detail maintenance, including maintenance of narrative conditions, permitted features, limits and limit sets and Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs)
- Permit history display
- Permit data archive maintenance
- Program and event report maintenance and display
- Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Activity tracking and maintenance
Water Quality Assessment functionality
- Maintain stream survey results, summary inspection report reviews and recommendations
- Maintain and search nonpoint sources, search stream surveys, notes, and acute toxicity events
- Use GIS Editor functionality to draw polygons or polylines to represent nonpoint source areas, acute toxicity events, pinpoint stream survey monitoring locations and stream survey use attainability ratings
- Maintain and search water quality raw data
- Maintan and search water quality assessment data
- Use GIS Editor functionality to draw polygons or polylines to represent impaired segments of assessed waterbodies.
MoCWIS encompasses two web-based systems and adeptly handles the newly required ICIS-NPDES data elements and better access to water quality information. It was delivered on-time and within budget and has provided Missouri DNR with more information than previously available, meets the requirements of the EPA for water quality reporting and provides better protection of Missouri’s natural resources.