Monitoring

In this section the applicant must describe how the success of the project will be measured and reported.  All entities receiving §319 funds must file semi-annual reports to the NPS Program.  The measures must relate to the goals and objectives of the plan.  For water quality projects monitoring for load reductions or water quality improvements may be required depending on the project.  In addition to monitoring, data gaps may be fillied in using a vareity of models. Click-here for USEPA's model and documentation page and here for STEPL on-line.

A summary of all monitoring results must be submitted to the NSP on a semi-annual bases on or before the appropriate reporting time.  All water quality data must be entered into the WQX exchange.  Nonpoint projects must have reductions in pollutant loads but can also include:  
  • Measurable improvement in the chemical, physical or biological integrity of the stream, river or other water body.
  • The number of developed plans for erosion and sediment control, nutrient management, pesticide management, etc.   
  • Photographs or videos to document improvements 
  • Number of BMPs installed. 
  • The number of presentations, workshops, trained individuals, etc. 
  • Improvements in fisheries.

In accordance with 40 CFR 30.54 and 31.45, the recipient must develop and implement quality assurance and quality control procedures, specifications and documentation that are sufficient to produce data of adequate quality to meet project objectives.  The Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) should be prepared in accordance with EPA QA/R-5: Requirements of Quality Assurance Project Plans.  QAPPs must be submitted to the WVDEP-WIB at least 90 days prior to the initiation of data collection or data compilation.  It must be approved by WVDEP and the USEPA.​​​​​​​​​​​

Note: Impaired streams can be removed from the 303(d) list if the data shows water quality standards have been achieved.  However, additional steps are needed to ensure de-listing.  Click-here to learn more. 

Click-Here to review guidelines for developing a milestone schedule.