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The National Water Quality Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and their Tributary Rivers http://water.usgs.gov/wicp/acwi_intranet/monitoring/network/design/ Advisory Committee on Water Information January 18, 2006. Proposed ACWI Action:. Suggest needed revisions - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • The National Water Quality Monitoring Network forU.S. Coastal Waters and their Tributary Rivers

    http://water.usgs.gov/wicp/acwi_intranet/monitoring/network/design/

    Advisory Committee on Water InformationJanuary 18, 2006

  • Proposed ACWI Action:Suggest needed revisionsApprove report or agree upon plan to approve reportConvey to CEQ and NSTCPlan for next steps needed for implementation

  • Presentation OutlineReview history of the projectProcess for report preparationOverview of the reports contentNext steps

  • BackgroundThe Oceans Act of 2000Created U.S. Commission on Ocean PolicyTo focus on:Protection of life and propertyStewardship of resourcesProtection of environment and pollution preventionEnhancement of marine commerceCloser cooperation among government agencies

  • U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy31 Chapters with 200+ specific recommendationsDraft sent for review by 55 states and territoriesChapter 15Creating a National Monitoring Network

  • Chapter 15: Recommendations for Creating a National Monitoring Network15-1: Develop a national monitoring network that coordinates and expands existing efforts, including monitoring of atmospheric deposition.15-2: Ensure that the national monitoring network includes adequate coverage in both coastal areas and the upland areas that affect them, and linked to the IOOS.15-3: Ensure that the monitoring network has clear goals, specific core variables and an apporpriate sampling framework.

  • The Administrations ResponseCreated a Committee on Ocean Policy Coordinate the activities of executive departments and agenciesFacilitate coordination and consultation among Federal, State, tribal, local governments, the private sector, foreign governments and international organizationsIssued the U.S. Ocean Action Plan (December 17, 2004)

  • CEQ and NSTC Charge to ACWICharge formally accepted by ACWI in February, 2005

    Delegated responsibility to NWQMC

    Progress report to SWAQ in May, 2005

    Progress report to ACWI in September, 2005

    Task to be completed by January, 2006

  • 80 Participants in the National Water Quality Network Design

  • Design FeaturesClear objectives linked to management questionsLinked to IOOSLinked monitoring of linked resourcesFlexibility over timeIncludes metadata, quality assurance, and data management system that provides accessible data

  • The Design Will Not:Provide data on all water resourcesSmall riversLakes and ReservoirsLocal aquifers

    Replace State Clean Water Act use attainments monitoring305 (b)303 (d)

    Deal with compliance monitoring

  • Structure of the DesignNine Resource compartmentsFixed station and probabilistic designsStations identifiedParameters and sampling frequencies specifiedProvisions for data comparability, management & access

    A continuum of ObservationsEstuariesNearshoreOffshore and EEZGreat LakesCoastal Beaches (BEACH Act)WetlandsWith Flow and Flux fromRivers AtmosphereGroundwater

  • Constituent CategoriesPhysical: Flow magnitude and direction, physical habitat, sediments Chemical:Inorganic: Water-quality characteristics, major ions, nutrients, metals and metalloids Organic: Bulk organics, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, halogenated hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, contaminants with new and emerging concerns Biological: Diversity, toxicity

  • Monitoring Estuaries

  • Monitoring Near Shore

  • Great Lakes Nearshore and Offshore Sites

  • Proposed Riverine Stations

  • Proposed Riverine Stations Great Lakes

  • Coordination With IOOSDesign proposes to involve the IOOS Regional Associations in managing some part of the proposed monitoringDesign has a data management plan that is consistent with the IOOS Data PlanDesign relies on IOOS plans for monitoring the Offshore compartment

  • A Network of NetworksNMN will rely on existing efforts to extent possibleFederal backbone can be augmented with state and local data that are network compliantNational network at specified spatial and temporal densityAdditions and enhancements can be accommodated

  • A Network of Networks(continued)Conditions and trends identified at national scaleState and local agencies continue to be responsible for detailed problem identification and source tracking

  • Metrics to Track Network ImplementationFinalize design to determine the wholeComplete inventory to determine what part is on-goingExample: Streamgages Need 258 sites at downstream point of HUC-6 basins197 streamgages in placeMETRIC: 76% of total in place

  • Network Data ManagementDesign places major emphasis on storage and accessBuilt on ACWIs Water Quality Data Elements for content, metadataAssumes USGS and EPA data warehousesAssumes web services will be the data exchange mechanism

  • Next Steps - OutreachEngage the broader monitoring community in dialogue about the Network

    Locate and inventory monitoring sites

    Negotiate the use of on-going monitoring efforts that might contribute to the Network as implementation

    Develop a set of status/implementation metrics

  • Next Steps More DetailFinalize Network design detailsFinalize the list of constituents and measurementsDefine methods performance requirementsSchedule design of deferred elementsSpecify Network metadata standardsSpecify data system requirements

  • Next Steps - ResourcesIdentify resource needed by federal and non-federal agencies for Network implementation

    Work to secure those resources

    Canada passed its Oceans Act in 1997; Australia established its oceans policy in 1997.Of the 212 recommendations, 62 directly relate to NOAA; 23 to EPAFirst opportunity to define what IOOS isUnder the Oceans Act, the Administration must submit to Congress within 90 days a statement of proposals to implement or respond to the Commissions recommendations.Note that the Charge was referenced in the Ocean Action PlanLinked compartments follow the flow of water from uplandsRiver flow and loads and conditionsEstuarine transformations dynamics stratificationsNear-shore reduced evidence of land side influences Off shore primarily monitoring of large-scale physical forcesFixed an Prob Based Sites each play a roleFixed: provide a long term temporal record, links to cause and effect Probability sites characterize the resource

    222 Sites Inland Active 36 Inland sites needing upgrades (258-222=36 from Ch 3 text, Page 18)17 Stage only (From Appendix 3-4)24 Gages needing reactivation (From Appendix 3-4)

    22 New sites needed (From Appendix 3-4)Sites for flow and loads to estuaries in the shaded areas ( final choices in consultation with local experts )I get 171 from Table 3-4 ( 44 in bold and 171 not bolded) From: Figure 3-8. Map of the Great Lakes drainage in the United States, showing proposed river monitoring sites. Shows 56 sites for flow and loads to Great Lakes; downstream point of basins that are 250 square miles or more

    From Appendix 3-4:2 New sites2 Stage Only sites10 Inactive stiesGAIL:

    This is great ! The 258 corresponds to the Number in the talking points on slide 19, but not the 197. Not sure where that came from.The point is that we might want to have the same numbers on both slidesDetailsStdsInventoriesresources