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The External Data Framework (EDF) was developed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Water Quality (OWQ) to provide a systematic, transparent and voluntary process for external organizations to submit their water quality data for consideration in various OWQ programs. OWQ recognizes that many universities, municipalities, watershed groups and grassroots organizations throughout the state participate in water monitoring activities at various scales. There are also a number of regulated facilities that conduct monitoring above and beyond what their permits require. The EDF paves the way for greater collaboration between OWQ and many individuals and organizations conducting water quality monitoring to help meet the shared goal of improving and protecting Indiana’s water resources.