Monitoring study design

Where will you monitor? 

     1.

List the criteria you used to select sampling sites. 

 2.

List each sampling site and the rationale for each one. This could be a table with the following column heading: 

      •    Site “station” Number and/or name.
    •    How the site be sampled (e.g. wading, from shore, by boat etc.).
    •    Why the site is being monitored. 
 3.

List where each indicator will be analyzed (field or lab etc.).

When will you monitor? 

 1.

List the sampling and analysis dates for each type of sampling. 

 2.

List the time of day each sample will be taken. 

 3.

List the holding times for each type of sample. 

 4. Define your index period if collecting benthics etc.

Who will monitor? 

 1.

List the paid and volunteer positions. 

      •    Title
    •    Responsibility
    •    Name, address, phone number, E-mail etc. 

What are your QAQC measures? 

 1.

List the quality assurance and quality control (QAQC) measures you will use: 

      •    External checks
    •    Internal checks 
 2. Describe each one and how it will be carried out. 
Put your plan in writing and review it annually - The members of your technical committee should complete the annual review with input from others, especially field personnel.
 
In certain circumstances, such as federally funded monitoring projects, your plan will need to be expanded to include a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP).  A QAPP integrates all technical and quality aspects of a project, including planning, implementation, and assessment.  

Click-Here for a PDF summary of this guidance, which includes additional resources.  If you have a written study design, your organization's data may be useful for thee bi-annual Integrated Report.   Click-Here  to review the third-party guidelines for water quality data submission.

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