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OC Public Works Wins Data Innovation Challenge

OC Public Works Team Announced as Winner of Inaugural Data Innovation Challenge


On April 22nd, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced a team comprised of staff from OC Public Works/OC Watersheds and representatives of CloudCompli as the winners of the inaugural Data Innovation Challenge. . The event was intended to challenge participants to create applications, visualizations and other tools to help harness publicly available water data related to climate change adaptation, regulatory oversight and water quality.

First place was given to OC Public Works and CloudCompli for their work aggregating water quality data from a municipal separate storm sewer system in order to identify the source of water quality degradation. “I was impressed by the ingenuity and innovation exhibited by the Orange County Public Works submission and its close connection to the core mission of the Water Boards to protect water quality,” said Tam Doduc, State Water Board Member, who participated in the judging process.

OC Public Works’ submission "Aggregating Municipal and State Open Data for Water Quality Investigations" uses its own open data and the State Water Board’s California Storm Water Multiple Action and Report Tracking System (SMARTS) to identify possible dischargers responsible for exceedances of water quality thresholds within Orange County’s watersheds. Using real-time sources, the application in the future may enable faster reactions to degradations in water quality.

( SWRCB Data Innovation Challenge Press Release )