Information Exchange

Program Objectives

What is the Information Exchange?

The Environmental Information Exchange Network (or Exchange Network) is an Internet-based system used to exchange environmental and health data among EPA, states, tribes and territories, and other partners.

The Information Exchange Program has been developed to provide water quality data sharing among the participating NM Pueblos and Tribes. The following Pueblos and Tribes currently participating in the Information Exchange Network are Taos, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara, Pojoaque, Nambe, Sandia and Mescalero Apache Nation.

The NM Inter-Tribal WQX Data Flow Implementation and Outreach Project will ensure participating pueblos and tribes have improved tribal data management capabilities and are successfully uploading tribal water quality data to the EPA via Water Quality Exchange (WQX) by the end of the grant.

The Information Exchange Program provides training and assistance to the participating pueblos and tribes. The Information Exchange Program provides implementation and enhancement of a regionally hosted WQX compatible database, which utilizes the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System (AWQMS) developed by Gold Systems, Inc. AWQMS is a web based water quality data management system previously built with EPA and other government funding as a method for exchanging water quality data between EPA and its partners. The project includes enhancements available to all partners for data security, data analysis, and reporting capabilities which support tribes in meeting the EPA requirements in the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan and tribal specific reporting needs.

Information Exchange Goals
1. Implement the cloud-based Ambient Water Quality Management System (AWQMS) database application.
2. Load Data in AWQMS and Flow it to WQX on a regular basis.
3. Creation of Peer Partner Network
4. Provide Tribal Training on AWQMS
5. Enhance Reporting and Data Analysis Capabilities.

Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System


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Contact Information

The OETA office works directly with tribes in offering training sessions or field assistance per the request of tribes.

If you are interested in participating in this program and attending the meeting, webinar, or to learn more, please contact Josiah Candelaria, or visit