Water: Polluted Runoff
Nonpoint Source Monitoring Guidance
This nonpoint source monitoring and evaluation guide is written for use by both those who monitor and those who evaluate and fund monitoring proposals. For example, the federal, State, and Tribal agencies that support monitoring activities might use the guide to assess the technical merits of proposed monitoring and evaluation plans. These same agencies, university personnel, and others that carry out the monitoring and evaluation might use this guide to formulate their own monitoring plans.
The 1997 guidance focuses on monitoring to determine the effectiveness of nonpoint source controls at the watershed and practice levels. A short overview of monitoring design options is followed by detailed sections on biological monitoring, statistical data analysis methods, and quality assurance and control.
Monitoring Guidance for Determining the Effectiveness of Nonpoint Source Controls (1997)
This nonpoint source monitoring guidance addresses the design of water quality monitoring programs to assess both impacts from nonpoint source pollution and the effectiveness of control practices and management measures. Emphasis is on project and BMP effectiveness, statistical analysis, and biological monitoring.You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's PDF page to learn more.
Cover, Title Page, Foreword, Acknowledgements, Contents, Credits, Glossary (PDF) (17 pp, 331K)
Chapter 1. Overview of the Nonpoint Source Problem (PDF) (21 pp, 4MB)
Chapter 2. Developing a Monitoring Plan (PDF) (30 pp, 2.3MB)
Chapter 3. Biological Monitoring of Aquatic Communities (PDF) (50 pp, 1.2MB)
Chapter 4. Data Analysis (PDF) (106 pp, 8.4MB)
Chapter 5. Quality Assurance and Quality Control (PDF) (29 pp, 529K)
References (PDF) (22 pp, 173K)
Index (PDF) (5 pp, 128K)
Appendix A. Review of Available Monitoring Guidances (PDF) (46 pp, 994K)
Appendix B. Data Sources (PDF) (25 pp, 211K)
Appendix C. Example Monitoring Programs (PDF) (21 pp, 3.2MB)
Appendix D. Statistical Tables (PDF) (29 pp, 12.9MB)