PRESENS delivers real-time environmental data from sensors located in remote locations to publicly accessible databases at the State Water Commission. The name PRESENS is an acronym for Pushing REmote SENSors but also is meant to convey a sense that the State Water commission has a “presence” all across the state and is constantly collecting valuable water resource data needed for sound scientific decision-making on water development, planning, and appropriation.
“The goal was to create a data collection system that is rapidly deployable, rugged, and low-cost, with a small physical footprint” said Appropriation Division Director, Jon Patch. “We have been asked to do more with less. One way we can achieve that goal, is by putting the talents of our in-house expertise to full use.” To read more about the PRESENS initiative, see this oxbow article and info sheet.
The PRESENS system is a primary pillar in achieving the goals and strategic initiatives as set forth in the Water Commission Strategic Plan; Goals and Initiatives; Goal #2; Utilize technology and education to increase our understanding for the improved management of the state’s water resources to "Continue research and deployment of advanced technologies such as Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) surveys, Pushing REmote SENSors (PRESENS), and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for data collection efforts."