The Interior Department's Advisory Committee on Water Data for Public Use met in Houston, Texas, from November 29 to December 1, 1977, to consider methods for obtaining information to solve current and future water problems. The committee represents the interests of the nonfederal sector, advising the department and the U.S. Geological Survey on plans and policies relating to water data programs and needs.

The program included a review of the progress made over the past year in implementing Office of Management and Budget Circular A-67, which provides guidelines for coordinating federal water data acquisition activities. Reports by working groups formed at the meeting recommended that the USGS move as rapidly as possible toward use of SI metric units in its reports, starting with data reports for international boundary stations; that a national groundwater quality monitoring program be immediately implemented and a standing nonfederal working group on groundwater quality assessment be organized; and that the USGS expand its water use data system, especially in developing guidelines for quality control of collected data, and inform the public about the system by cosponsoring with some appropriate professional organization(s) a symposium on the National Water Use Data Program.