An article featured in the April 2017 edition of the Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) magazine looked closely at the associations, researchers and scientists urging the Trump Administration to hold up and guard information sharing and data from federal sources.
WE&T staff writer LaShell Stratton-Childers sent shockwaves reverberating through the water industry and scientific community when she penned the article “Science First”, probing the repercussions that may arise when information, data, and research from federal sources were filtered and restricted. The piece addresses concerns and questions experts and leaders have raised regarding changes at various agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
As Stratton-Childers wrote, “This data and research is invaluable globally. The data enable all sorts of entities to function and plan for the future. But what happens if this input of research is shut down or if the data are obscured? Can the integrity of the data still be deemed reliable? Many are asking these questions now.”
Stratton-Childers went on to expound on the measures that have been undertaken to safeguard the integrity of extant data, including the federal legislation brought in to keep data sharing among federal scientists and their colleagues, as well as the public, open.
Source: Water Online