Membership in NHWC gives agencies, companies, and individuals the opportunity to learn and respond to national policy issues related to hydrologic warning. Beginning in 2014, the NHWC became a voting member of the Advisory Committee on Water Information. ACWI is a FACA (Federal Advisory Committee Act) committee. OMB has designated the USGS to be the lead agency for ACWI. The NHWC has, and continues to also be represented on the Subcommittee for Hydrology (which is under ACWI).
Hydrologic warning is a multi-disciplinary, but highly specialized, field of study and practice. Because of this focus, not many official training venues exist, requiring on-the-job training. The NHWC facilitates targeted online and workshop training available especially for NHWC members to train field technicians, hydrologists, engineers, program managers, and others. Members receive priority access to all training/continuing education opportunities. Attendees of NHWC training regularly have the ability to receive official continuing education credits.
The NHWC hosts a bi-annual major conference which provide members the opportunity to hear technical presentations on various aspects of hydrologic warning, exchange information, promote agency successes, and broaden professional contacts.
The NHWC provides regional workshops and webinars including training on instrumentation and field techniques along with flood warning system best practices and new developments.
NHWC members receive reduced fees for conferences, workshops, field trips, training, advertising, and booth registrations.
Special email news alerts are periodically sent to members that provide hydrologic warning news and information from around the world.
Members receive an annual subscription to the monthly NHWC electronic newsletter "The NHWC Transmission", which provides in-depth stories from government, academic, and private organizations related to the hydrologic warning field--delivered right to the your email. Only members will have access to newsletter archive.
Members of NHWC receive discounted rates for advertising in the newsletter and conference booklets and a member-only opportunity for advertising on the NHWC front page of the website.
Access to online bibliography of articles, papers, and reports are available only for NHWC active members.
Members-only have online access to specialized digital photos related to hydrologic warning.
Members have exclusive access to an online membership directory that provides a valuable resource.
ONLINE JOB LISTING
Job listings can be posted and viewed via the member-only webpage list server.
NHWC offers chances for individuals to serve on specialized adhoc technical committees, including such issues as dam safety and new protocols/standards. The purpose of these committees is to expand the expertise, highlight the activities of various organizations, and promote the NHWC within and beyond the hydrologic warning community.
NHWC sponsors an active awards program to recognize individuals, governmental agencies, and private organizations for their performance in the field of hydrologic warning. Awards are given for outstanding service, operational excellence, hydrologic warning innovation, and outstanding newsletter article.
Active membership in NHWC allows for full voting rights in activities of the NHWC, including election of the board of directors and by-laws updates.