Wellntel is building strong relationships with research and education organizations around the country to support and strengthen rich groundwater science. Inspired by these growing partnerships, Wellntel is starting to craft a new program we are calling “Wellntel Sentinel Sites”.
Sentinel sites will be research, education, and other science and groundwater stewardship organizations such as university programs, schools, and private institutions that use groundwater wells and want to build or enhance their monitoring, research, and education efforts using Wellntel sensors.
The Sentinel Site Program creates mutually beneficial partnerships where Wellntel systems and the data collected help sentinel owners reach their research, education, and environmental impact goals. Then, together with those owners, Wellntel will facilitate the exchange of information between Sentinels and scientists that can use these data for research. This collaboration will help improve the Wellntel experience for all Wellntel users because it will support a deeper understanding of the data locally and ensure the longest reach and highest utility and function of valuable information about groundwater.
An important note: Privacy is a priority for Wellntel. If you own a Wellntel, your data is private and can only be shared and used for science with your permission, and is not a candidate to be a Sentinel Site. Indeed, Sentinel Sites represent special Wellntel partners, such as science and educational organizations, with goals that may call for data to be shared more broadly, published, and used for educational or research purposes.
Comprehensive groundwater datasets will emerge from Sentinel Sites. How?
First, Sentinels are sites (and site owners) where special attention is paid to assembling the most robust and accurate data possible. This is accomplished with ongoing observations and calibrations, and the integration of other sensor networks for the purpose of local science.
Second, Sentinels may contribute to national monitoring networks and other research and education institutions with the goal of getting vital data to where it will have the greatest impact on our knowledge and understanding of groundwater resources.
Local geology and hydrology influences groundwater resources and plays a critical role in their management. A priority of the sentinel site program is, therefore, to develop partnerships in a wide array of geological and hydrological regions across the United States. Sustaining multiple sites in principal aquifers, areas of concern, or areas of particular interest to science and education is critical to providing comprehensive groundwater information at the national scale.
Educational, research, or private institutions with groundwater wells and with an interest in participating are welcomed to arrange meetings to explore a Sentinel Site partnership and to provide feedback to Wellntel.
We are looking forward to getting this program off the ground and are excited about advancing groundwater science. Contact Joe Fillingham, Wellntel Science Lead, for more information.