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NATIONAL WATER QUALITY MONITORING COUNCILWorking Together for Clean WaterNational CouncilHighlightsCollaboration throughPartnershipsCouncil WorkgroupUpdatesNational MonitoringNetworkNational Water Monitoring NewsHighlights 2012 Conference HighlightsWater Quality PortalUSGS Cooperative ProgramNational Aquatic Resource SurveysForest Service’s Inventory,Monitoring, & AssessmentsSpotlight on StatesSynthesis of Mercury Data inWestern U.S.Volunteer Monitoring NewsMonitoring Around the U.S. Chesapeake Bay Program MonitorsStorm Effects Wildfire Effects on Source WaterTools and TechnologyNational Monitoring NetworksThe National Water Quality Monitoring Councilbrings together scientists, managers, and citizensto ensure information about the quality of ourwater resources is accurate, reliable, andcomparable. The Council fosterscollaborative and cost-effective approaches toimprove and advance the science ofwater-resources monitoring.A Noctiluca bloom occurred in Southeast Alaska in 2008. Harmful algal blooms, commonlyreferred to as red tide, represent a growing threat to all U.S. coastal waters. The PhytoplanktonMonitoring Network – a national network of volunteers monitoring for coastal algal blooms –was developed to increase public awareness and maintain an extended monitoring area alongthe U.S. coast. (Photo courtesy of Gary Freitag and Barbara Morgan)The National Water Quality Monitoring CouncilEditor: Cathy Tate(303) 236-6927 (phone) email: [email protected]://acwi.gov/monitoring/Fall 2012

National Water Monitoring News – Greetings from the Council Co-ChairsWelcome to the sixth edition of the Council’s newsletter!We are excited to bring you another issue packed full of cutting-edge science and important news from the world of monitoring. Thenewsletter has been and continues to be an excellent forum that supports the Council’s mission to foster partnerships and collaboration;advance water science; improve monitoring strategies; and advance data integration, comparability, and reporting.Among the topics you will find in this issue: Highlights from the Council’s 8th National Monitoring Conference (April 30 – May 4, 2012, Portland, OR) New Council Resource – Water Quality Data Portal New Tools and Technology:o Electronic field forms for the 2012 National Lakes Assessmento New How’s My Waterway? mobile website Updates on monitoring including:o U.S. Geological Survey’s Cooperative Water Programo U.S. EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveyso U.S. Forest Service’s Inventory, Monitoring, and AssessmentProgramo Chesapeake Bay Program monitoring of 2011 storm effectso Wildfire effects on source water quality Spotlight on the State monitoring programs from California, Vermont and Florida Volunteers monitoring and the coastal Phytoplankton Monitoring Network Updates on National Monitoring Networks including:o National Ground Water Monitoring Networko Albemarle Sound’s study as part of the National Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and Their Tributarieso Lake Michigan water quality near ChicagoWe encourage everyone to be an active part of the Council through this newsletter. Please share your successes and challenges inmonitoring, announce upcoming meetings and conferences, and share related Internet links and other water-related information. If you havean article idea or would like to write something yourself, don’t hesitate to contact our editor, Cathy Tate, [email protected], (303) 236-6927.New articles and ideas are always welcome!On behalf of the entire Council and all those who contributed to this issue of our newsletter, thanks for reading and for helping to protect ourNation’s waters. We hope you enjoy this newsletter and we encourage your input and future communication!Sincerely yours,Michael Yurewicz, USGS [email protected] Holdsworth, EPA [email protected] Monitoring News Fall 20122

National Council HighlightsHighlights from the 2012 National Monitoring ConferenceA total of 1053 attendees from nine countries, all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbiaand Puerto Rico, and over 35 Tribes attended the Eighth National Monitoring Conference“Water: One Resource – Shared Effort – Common Future” in Portland, Oregon, April 30 – May4, 2012. Conference participants included Federal (34%), State/Province (17%),Private/Commercial (16%), Academics (10%), Nongovernmental Organizations (9%),Local/Regional (9%), and Tribal (6%).Attendees chose from about 336 platform presentations, more than 150 technical posters, andover 30 workshops, short courses and panels as well as interacting with over 40 ex.html). The Council had its very own interactivesession “Understand, Restore, and Protect Our Waters: National Water Quality MonitoringCouncil Programs, Initiatives and Products” and encouraged participants to get involved inCouncil’s workgroups (see acwi.gov/monitoring/workgroups/index.html).A stellar lineup of plenary speakers included: Todd Ambs, (President, River Network) Ellen Gilinsky, (Senior Policy Advisor to the Acting Assistant Administrator for Water,Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) William Bradbury, (Council member, Northwest Power & Conservation Council) Eric Quaempts, (Director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla IndianReservation, Department of Natural Resources).In addition, over 90 River Rally participants joined the Conference on Friday’s Bridge Day whichwas designed with mutually developed themes, presentations, and breakout groups gearedtoward fostering improved collaboration between government and nonprofit groups workingtogether for clean water. Here’s what one participant had to say about Bridge Day:“I was skeptical about the format but pleasantly surprised. It is amazing how you can be at aconference with 900 people, learn a lot, but not really network or get to know the right people ina meaningful way. Bridge Day break out groups allowed us to really talk to individuals in ourarea in a facilitated and meaningful way."For additional information, contact: Cathy Tate, USGS, [email protected], (303) 236-2697Attendees participated in seven field trips.Some featured Oregon’s natural beautysuch as Multnomah Falls while learningabout collaborative monitoring andrestoration projects. Other field trips featuredPortland’s innovative infrastructure projectsfor sustainable storm water managementand advanced wastewater treatment. (Photocourtesy of Greg Pettit, Oregon Departmentof Environmental Quality)Presentations Online from the 8thNational Monitoring Conference are nowavailable at:acwi.gov/monitoring/conference/2012/Many thanks to our colleagues at NALMS,Tetra Tech and USGS.Mark your Calendars for the NinthNational Monitoring Conference to beheld the week of April 28 - May 2, 2014.Volunteer monitoring representatives formed a largecontingent at the conference, and came to network, learn,and exchange information. Special thanks go to YSI forproviding travel support for 31 volunteer monitoringcoordinators! (Photo courtesy of Christina Anderson,Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)National Monitoring News Fall 20123

8th National Monitoring ConferenceDoug McLaughlin, Co-chair of Council’s Water Qualityand Assessments workgroup, demonstrates the betaversion of the online NEMI-SAMS (Statistical andAssessments Methods Search) at the Council’s booth.(Photo courtesy of Sheri Alcalde, USGS).Attendees chose from more than 150 posters to view.(Photo courtesy of Jane Caffrey, University of West Florida)Participants interacted with more than 40 exhibitors as well as networking with fellow participants. (Photo courtesy of Jason Jones, ArizonaDepartment of Environmental Quality)Attendees choose from about 336 platform presentationsand over 30 workshops, short courses and panels (shownhere). (Photo courtesy of Greg Pettit, Oregon Department ofEnvironmental Quality)Participants interacted with more than 40 exhibitors. (Photo courtesyof Jason Jones, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality)Todd Ambs, President of RiverNetwork, not only spoke in the openingplenary session, but also sponsoredFriday’s Bridge Day where over 90River Network’s National River Rallyparticipants joined the NationalMonitoring Conference to fostercollaboration. (Photo courtesy of SteveWolfe, Florida Department ofEnvironmental Protection)National Monitoring News Fall 20124

Award Recipients at the 2012 National Monitoring Conference – Congratulations!Barry Long AwardElizabeth J. Fellows AwardVision AwardIn recognition of his outstandingachievements, exemplary service, anddistinguished leadership in water qualitymonitoring and environmentalprotection, the National Water QualityMonitoring Council presented the 2012Elizabeth Jester Fellows Award toCharles A. PetersDirector, Wisconsin Water Science CenterU. S. Geological SurveyMiddleton, WisconsinIn recognition of extraordinary vision,collaboration, and leadership in waterquality monitoring on a regional scale toenhance the management and protectionof aquatic resources, the National WaterQuality Monitoring Council presented the2012 Vision Award to theCentral Plains Center for BioassessmentDirector Don Huggins and Assistant DirectorDebra BakerKansas Biological SurveyLawrence, KansasMiddleton, WisconsinIn recognition of his exceptionalperseverance, positive spirit, andsignificant contributions to waterresource protection, the National WaterQuality Monitoring Council presented thefirst 2012 Barry Alan Long Award toJay H. SauberSection Chief – Environmental SciencesSectionNorth Carolina Division of Water QualityRaleigh, North CarolinaFirst Fluid 5K was Fluid!The first biannual Fluid Five race was held at the 8th National MonitoringConference in Portland, Oregon. Race day began as a rainy, cold day, but theweather cleared up enough that during the race, runners and walkers gotplenty muddy, but it did not rain. Forty-one hearty racers opted to face the wetconditions and run (5K) or walk (3K) the race at Overlook Park located about amile north of the Convention Center. In addition, thirty-one fantastic volunteersassisted with a variety of duties related to the event during the conference.(Photo courtesy Christina Anderson, Wisconsin Department ofNatural Resources)Special thanks go to Kris Stepenuck and her assistants Torrey Lindbo andAllison Hughes for organizing and planning the race. Thanks also go to thecorporate sponsors that donated prizes and to the many individuals thatsponsored racers to increase contributions to the Eleanor Ely Memorial Fund.Over 1,700 was raised to start the Eleanor Ely Memorial Scholarship tosupport volunteer monitoring colleagues’ attendance at future NationalMonitoring Conferences.National Monitoring News Fall 20125

Council Sponsored ProductsNew Water Quality Portal Provides Access to Over 150 million Water Quality Data RecordsThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency (USEPA) teamed up with the National Water Quality MonitoringCouncil to launch a new Water Quality Portal (portal) at the Council’s 8thNational Monitoring Conference last April. Currently, the portal brings togetherchemical, physical and microbiological data from USGS's National WaterInformation System (NWIS) and USEPA's Storage and Retrieval DataWarehouse (STORET).The Water Quality Portal provides a single, user-friendly web interfaceshowing where water quality information is available from federal, state, tribaland other partners to serve a wide range of prospective users includingscientists, policy-makers and the public. The portal can assist data userssearching, compiling, and formatting water monitoring data for analysis byproviding a variety of query filters including geographic and sampleparameters to narrow down the dataset, and by retrieving merged data fromNWIS and STORET in a consistent format. Data can be acquired based onorganization, state, county, watershed, site, sample characteristics, andsample date. Output formats available through the portal include commaseparated, tab-separated, MS Excel, Keyhole Markup Language (KML), and Extensible Markup Language (XML).Work planned for the 2013 fiscal year includes development of a map display for filtering and viewing datasets and working with partners toimprove use of existing datasets and integrate new datasets into the portal.To access the portal or contact the Water Quality Portal Team with questions and comments go to: www.waterqualitydata.usWeb Seminar SeriesThe Council’s web seminars continue be extremely popular, attracting hundreds ofattendees from state, regional, and tribal councils; state, federal and local agencies;academia; and watershed groups and the volunteer monitoring community. The topics aretimely and informative, and the format allows for discussion and follow-up communicationswith the presenters.Recent webinars have covered wide ranging topics such as using the new Water QualityPortal, developing water quality report cards to make assessments more accessible, andharnessing the power of crowdsourcing to involve citizen scientists.To view all webinars, visit: acwi.gov/monitoring/webinars/index.html or contact:Cathy Tate, [email protected]ov, (303) 236-6927.National Monitoring News Fall 20126

Council Member UpdatesWelcome New Council Members!Jeff Thomas – Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) Representative, Cincinnati, OHJeff is the Biological Programs Manager at the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission(ORSANCO) in Cincinnati, OH. He has been involved with large river fish community assessmentssince his days as an undergrad working at the Thomas More College Biology Field Station innorthern Kentucky along the Ohio River. Upon completing his Master’s Degree in Biologyemphasizing on aquatics at Eastern Kentucky University, Jeff completed an internship with theelectrofishing crews at ORSANCO and was hired on full-time in January of 2000. Since then hehas had the opportunity to assist with the creation and implementation of various biological indicesof integrity, including the Ohio River Fish Index (ORFIn). He has also been involved with thedesign and/or implementation of several large-scale regional or national water quality surveysincluding Environmental Monitoring and Assessment of Great River Ecosystems (EMAP-GRE), aUSEPA Region V Large River Regional EMAP (REMAP) project, and National Rivers and StreamsAssessment (NRSA). Current areas of focus include monitoring and assessing the condition of theOhio River for the Aquatic Life Use (using fish & macroinvertebrates) and the Fish ConsumptionUse for the 305(b) report. Jeff is also currently serving as the Chair of the Ohio River Basin FishHabitat Partnership Steering Committee. Jeff can be contacted at: [email protected] Fayram – Great Lakes Representative, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WIAndy is the Monitoring Coordinator in the Office of the Great Lakes at the Wisconsin Department ofNatural Resources. Andy has spent considerable time in the fisheries world but has picked up athing or two related to water quality along the way. Poor water quality means fewer fish (usually butnot always!). His primary research/management interests are biological aspects of water quality aswell as developing monitoring strategies. He also likes to tinker with statistics. He received his BS inZoology from the University of Wisconsin Madison, MS in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from theUniversity of Washington, and his PhD in Biological Sciences (with a minor in Statistics) from theUniversity of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He has worked for NOAA assessing instream habitat restorationprojects in the Pacific Northwest and for the Wisconsin DNR as Treaty Fisheries Coordinator,Quantitative Fisheries Policy Specialist, and as Great Lakes Monitoring Coordinator. He served asan associate editor of the North American Journal of Fisheries Management and is currently ascience editor for the journal Fisheries. Andy can be contacted at: [email protected] McKinney – USDA, National Resources Conservation Service Representative, West National Technology SupportCenter, Portland, ORShaun is the Team Leader of the Water Quality and Quantity Development Team at the WestNational Technology Support Center. The NRCS West National Technology Support Center hostsa team of technical specialists that cover a broad range of water quality and quantity issuesincluding: animal waste management, hydraulics & hydrology, nutrient management, market-basedapproaches, pest management, salinity management, stream restoration, water management, andwater quality assessment. Each of these nine disciplines provides information, data, software, andsupport contacts. Shaun came to USDA from the US Forest Service where he was a Branch Chiefresponsible for managing national technology development and information systems for waterquality, hydrology, and air issues. Prior to this position, he was a fisheries biologist/hydrologistworking on major assessment projects and river restoration projects. He has extensive experiencewith hydrologic analyses and geomorphology as well as water quality monitoring and modeling.Shaun received a BS from Michigan State University in Fisheries Science and a MS at OregonState University in Aquatic Science. Shaun can be contacted at: [email protected] Monitoring News Fall 20127

Martha Clark Mettler – Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) Representative, Indiana Department ofEnvironmental Management, Indianapolis, INMartha is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Water Quality at the Indiana Department ofEnvironmental Management (IDEM). She has been with IDEM since 1995 and has served as the Chief ofthe Watershed Planning Branch and Chief of the Ground Water Section. She is primarily responsible forWater Quality Standards. Martha is also the treasurer of Association of Clean Water Administrators(ACWA) making her a part of the Executive Committee. She chairs the Monitoring, Standards andAssessment which meet by teleconference once per month and also serves as liaison to the EPA’sMonitoring Assessment Partnership. Martha received her Master of Planning in Environmental Planningfrom Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University. Martha can becontacted at: [email protected] Neils – States of USEPA Region 1 Representative, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Concord, NHDave Neils is the new Chief Water Pollution Biologist with the New Hampshire Department ofEnvironmental Services (DES) where he is also the Director of the Jody Conner Limnology Center. Herecently transitioned to this position after leading the DES biomonitoring unit for 10 years. During histenure in the biomonitoring program, Dave developed a stream classification system and numeric biologicalindices for rivers and streams. Recently, his field efforts have been focused on the development ofnumeric nutrient criteria, stream fish temperature requirements, and implementation of probabilistic surveysof the state's surface waters. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech (M.S.) and Cornell University (B.S). Davecan be contacted at: [email protected] to Outgoing Council Members!The Council bids farewell to Peter Tennant, Neil Kamman, John Hummer, Gunnar Lauenstein, and Mary Ann Rozum, who have providedexceptional representation on behalf of their organizations.Peter Tennant represented the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) for the Council sincehe joined in 2000. He served as both Chair and Co-Chair of the Water Information Strategies (WIS) Workgroup.His Co-chair on the WIS committee said of him, “I have truly appreciated Peter’s guidance, vision and leadership onthe Council. During his tenure, Peter has been a tireless advocate of enhanced collaboration between State,Federal and Interstate agencies and improving access to data. He’s been a mentor to new Council members andlife-long friend to his Council colleagues. We’ll miss the wisdom and humor that Peter brought to the Council.” Peteralso served on the Steering Committee of the National Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and Tributariesand was Co-Chair of the 4th National Monitoring Conference in 2004 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He authored aCouncil fact-sheet in 2008 and has been a key contributor to many other Council products during his tenure. Peterled the effort to submit a proposal to hold the 9th National Monitoring Conference in Cincinnati. We are veryfortunate to have Peter’s experience, connections, leadership, and involvement for the next National MonitoringConference. We wish Peter all the best in his new position as Executive Director of ORSANCO.A long-time Council member said of Neil Kamman, “You’ve brought a combination of energy and intellect that hasspurred us on to greater accomplishments. Between your participation on the Council and your work on the Lakesassessment, you have accomplished a lot in raising the monitoring efforts in the US, and building greatercooperation among the states and our federal partners.” Neil represented the States of EPA Region I for theCouncil and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. He was also an active member of the WISWorkgroup. More recently, Neil has contributed to the Executive Workgroup to establish a National Network ofReference Watersheds. During his tenure with the Council, he served on a detail with the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency, an assignment that brought a valuable new dimension to his contributions as a Councilrepresentative. Neil served 5-years on the Council, after graciously agreeing to extend his service by a year tocontinue his involvement in preparations for the 8th National Monitoring Conference. We wish Neil all the best as hecontinues his leadership role in monitoring and assessment in Vermont (see “Protecting and Restoring Vermont’sSurface Waters through Tactical Basin Planning” in this newsletter).National Monitoring News Fall 20128

A dedication to the Great Lakes and its abundant water resources led John Hummer to join the Council.Representing the Great Lakes Commission and Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council, John wasactive in the Council’s Collaboration & Outreach Workgroup. A member since 2007, John agreed to a one-yearterm extension so he could assist in preparations for the 8th National Monitoring Conference. He served on theorganizing committee for the Council’s State/Regional/Tribal workshops at both the 2010 and 2012 NationalMonitoring Conferences. He contributed newsletter articles about activities in the Great Lakes Region and gavea Council webinar on “Collaborative Monitoring in the Great Lakes: Sharing Monitoring Activities around theLake Michigan Basin” (acwi.gov/monitoring/webinars/LMMCC webinar Dec8 2011.pdf). John continues toserve on the Editorial Board for the Council’s newsletter “National Water Monitoring News”.As the long-time manager of NOAA’s Mussel Watch program, Gunnar Lauenstein brought a new and uniqueperspective to the Council. Shortly before he joined the Council in 2011, he served aboard the BP charteredship Ocean Veritas, a research vessel working in the Gulf of Mexico while oil was still being released during theDeep Water Horizon incident. His experience in this area proved to be particularly valuable in discussing theneed to better coordinate environmental disaster response activities across Federal agencies and acrossmultiple layers of government. He informed the Council on NOAA’s National Status and Trends Programactivities, including the Monitoring of Water Quality Impacts from BP Oil Spill in Gulf Waters and bivalvemonitoring in the Great Lakes Region. Gunnar is retiring from federal service (congratulations Gunnar!) and wewish him all the best in his new life.Mary Ann Rozum of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, was aFederal representative covering agricultural issues on the Council, starting in late 2010. Her experience withrural and farm water quality and quantity helped to inform Council discussions of watershed assessments, theCouncil’s collaborative network of reference watersheds, plans for a climate effects network, the EPA/StateMonitoring and Assessment Partnership, and the third decade of the USGS National Water-QualityAssessment Program.Collaboration Through PartnershipsFederal PartnershipsWorking Together from the Ground Up: USGS Cooperative Water ProgramThe USGS Cooperative Water Program (CWP) continues to provide hydrologicdata, science, and tools needed for the optimum use and management of ourNation’s waters. The CWP is USGS’s “bottom-up” cost-share program with jointlyplanned activities in every State and U.S. territory, done in partnership with morethan 1,500 local, State, and tribal agencies (also known as Cooperators).Priority activities for the CWP have been released for the upcoming ies.pdf) and demonstrate supportfor USGS national interests in minimizing loss of property and life from waterhazards and sustaining water availability to meet competing demands in the faceof population growth, land development, and climate variability. In addition,USGS projects support “on-the-ground” science needs and managementdecisions of CWP Cooperators, such as related to flood and drought mitigation,safe drinking water, nutrient enrichment, stream protection and restoration,impacts of energy development, and land-use changes."On-the-ground" USGS projects, designed with Cooperatorsand partners, are proposed or ongoing in more than 15States that monitor and assess possible impacts of energyproduction on water resources. Photo shows hydraulicfracturing operation in the Fayetteville Shale Formation on afarm in Arkansas. (Photo by Bill Cunningham, USGS)National Monitoring News Fall 20129

To learn more, visit: water.usgs.gov/coop/. Let us hear from you so that we continue to address water-resource needs and decisionsyou face in your roles as managers, scientists, policy makers, and other interested citizens of the Nation.For more information, contact: Pixie A. Hamilton, National Coordinator, USGS Cooperative Water Program, [email protected],(703) 648-5061.USEPA Update: National Aquatic Resource SurveysWorking with partners in the states, tribes, and other federal agencies,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is leading a series ofstatistically representative surveys of the nation’s waters. These NationalAquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) report on the condition of the nation’swaters using core indicators and standardized lab and field methods. Anumber of NARS data analysis and design workshops were held at theNational Water Monitoring Council conference in Portland, OR last May.2012 has seen significant progress in all four assessments: National Rivers and Streams Assessment (NRSA): A draftreport for the 2008-2009 NRSA is undergoing peer review andwill be issued in December 2012. It includes an evaluation ofchanges in the condition of streams compared to the finding ofthe 2004 Wadeable Streams Assessment. The NRSA is alsonearly finished with its design and planning stage for the 20132014 sampling season.Ryan Pack of the West Virginia Department of EnvironmentalProtection (EPA), collects benthic macroinvertebrates for the 2012National Lakes Assessment assisted by Jason Morgan, WVDEP,and Frank Borsk, USEPA. (USEPA photo by Eric Vance) National Lakes Assessment (NLA): Field sampling ended on September 30 for the NLA 2012, with nearly 1,250 sitessampled. Data for these sites, including biological and nutrient data and information on microcystins and triazines, are alreadybeing processed by labs across the country. NLA 2012 was the first time electronic field forms were used to more quickly andefficiently submit data to the NARS Information Management Center (see related story “Electronic Field Forms for the 2012National Lakes Assessment”). National Coastal Condition Assessment (NCCA): Field sampling for the NCCA took place during the summer of 2010.The survey is currently in its data validation/data analysis and report writing phase, with a report – the first under the NARSprogram -- scheduled to be released in 2013. National Wetlands Condition Assessment (NWCA): This first-ever survey of the ecological integrity of the nation’swetlands is also in its data validation/data analysis phase after a successful field season in 2011. A report is planned for2013.When the NWCA report is released, EPA will have national-scale reports describing the ecological condition of all aquatic resources inthe conterminous U.S. The intent is to revisit each water type every five years.For more information on the surveys, visit: www.epa.gov/aquaticsurveys.National Monitoring News Fall 201210

Forest Service Engages Heinz Center in Facilitating Improvements to Inventories, Monitoring,and AssessmentsThe USDA Forest Service has teamed up with the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and theEnvironment to conduct a national level workshop for improving inventory, monitoring, and assessments (IM&A)activities for natural resource management, including those related to social and economic dimensions. The ForestService produced a Strategy for improving IM&A that is planned for release in the fall of 2012. The strategy wasreviewed by all organizational units of the Forest Service and by partner agencies including the Bureau of LandManagement, National Park Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.Geological Survey, and the National Association of State Foresters. Achieving the efficiencies envisioned in the IM&AStrategy necessitates an evaluation of past efforts, existing activities, and future needs and expectations of the ForestService while working wit

Volunteers monitoring and the coastal Phytoplankton Monitoring Network Updates on National Monitoring Networks including: o National Ground Water Monitoring Network o Albemarle Sound’s study as part of the National Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and Their T