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Organizations wishing to participate in the Volunteer Monitoring Program must complete a plan which documents why they are doing the monitoring, how the data will be used, what methods will be used and how the data will be reported. General procedures are outlined in the Water Quality Volunteer Monitoring QAPP. Groups should review this QAPP to make sure they understand and agree to the general procedures that pertain to volunteer groups. Organizations then must complete their own Sampling and Analysis Plan which describes aspects of the monitoring that are specific to their project. Completed SAP's are submitted to the DEQ Volunteer Monitoring Specialist for review and approval by the ODEQ Quality Assurance Officer. The Volunteer Monitoring Specialist is available to meet with your group to help work through the details of these plans.
View a listing
recommended equipment and estimated costs.
summary of required quality control measurements for water quality parameters
Read guidance on
Monitoring for Temperature Total Maximum Daily Load Development to learn how your data can be used to help develop TMDL's in your basin.
Read a report on using
optical brightener testing with cotton pads and an ultraviolet lamp to screen for wastewater contamination.
Volunteer monitoring groups submit continuous temperature and grab water quality data to the Volunteer Monitoring Specialist. Data providers are asked to assign data quality levels to all results submitted to the DEQ; however, all electronic quality control information should be submitted with field results to assist with DEQ's data review. Field data quality levels are assigned based on criteria from the Data Quality Matrix.
Continuous data submissions to the Volunteer Monitoring Specialist should be made following the template Continuous Data Submittal format. See the help documentation for more information on completing the template.
The PrePostExtractor spreadsheet may be used to speed up accuracy check data for continuous temperature.
The Evaluating Your Data for Data Quality presentation provides information on assigning data quality levels to grab water quality data.
Grab Water Quality data should be submitted to the Volunteer Monitoring Specialist in the VolWQGrabData Submittal format. Descriptions of the required data elements for this format can be found within the workbook or in the grab data submittal help file.
The taxonomic results should be submitted to the Volunteer Monitoring Specialist in the VolWQMacroInvert Data Submission. Contact the Volunteer Monitoring Specialist for the most up to date taxonomic tables.
The following presentations were part of a presentation co-facilitated by Steve Hanson, DEQ Volunteer Monitoring Specialist, and Beth Lambert, Watershed Management Educator, OSU Extension Service, Tillamook. Download the following presentations:
Evaluating Your Data for Data Quality
Interpreting and Presenting Data
Temperature Data Analysis
Nick Haxton-EvansVolunteer Monitoring Specialist503-693-5731
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