This article comprises three independent commentaries about the state of ICON principles in hydrology and discusses the opportunities and challenges of adopting them. Each commentary focuses on a different perspective as follows: (i) field, experimental, remote sensing, and real-time data research and application (Section 1); (ii) Inclusive, equitable, and accessible science: Involvement, challenges, and support of early career, marginalized racial groups, women, LGBTQ+, and/or disabled researchers (Section 2); and (iii) an ICON perspective on machine learning for multiscale hydrological modeling (Section 3). Hydrologists depend on data monitoring, analyses, and simulations from these diverse scientific disciplines to ensure safe, sufficient, and equal water distribution. These hydrologic data come from but are not limited to primary (in-situ: lab, plots, and field experiments) and secondary sources (ex-situ: remote sensing, UAVs, hydrologic models) that are typically openly available and discoverable. Hydrology-oriented organizations have pushed our community to increase coordination of the protocols for generating data and sharing model platforms. In addition, networking at all levels has emerged with an invigorated effort to activate community science efforts that complement conventional data collection methods. With increasing amounts of data, it has become difficult to decipher various complex hydrologic processes. However, machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence, provides accurate and faster alternatives to understand different biogeochemical and hydrological processes better. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential in terms of outreach and integration of peoples with historically marginalized identities into this professional discipline and respecting and supporting the local environmental knowledge of water users.