Water: Water Quality Standards Academy
Basic Course: Supplemental Topics (b)
Program Elements: Overview
- Listing Impaired Waters and Developing TMDLs
- Monitoring & Assessment
- NPDES Permit Program
- Human Health Ambient Water Quality Criteria
- Aquatic Life Criteria
In March 2003, EPA issued national guidance, Elements of a State Water Monitoring and Assessment Program, to promote and structure consistency in State/Tribal monitoring programs. The objective is to move toward more scientifically defensible water quality information for State/Tribal water management decisions and for tracking status and trends in water quality at various geographic scales: national, regional, State/Tribal, sub-state, watershed, and segment level. This module focuses upon these elements:
- Identify monitoring objectives.
- Design the monitoring and assessment project.
- Develop a quality assurance plan.
- Collect and analyze data for appropriate indicators.
- Manage the data.
- Interpret data to develop the assessment.
- Convey information and results.
- Evaluate monitoring efforts.
- Plan improvements.
Key Point.EPA recognizes that many States/Tribes are in the process of establishing a more rigorous approach to water quality monitoring and assessment. EPA’s guidance entitled Elements of a State Water Monitoring and Assessment Program sets a goal of 2014 for these improvements.