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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 DEQ Quality Assurance Officer. The Volunteer Monitoring Specialist is available to meet with your group to help work through the details of these plans.
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.
The template for biological data, including benthic macroinvertebrate data, is under construction.
For additional information and submission instructions, contact Nick Haxton-Evans, Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator.
For benthic taxonomic tables, contact Shanon Hubler, Natural Resource Specialist.
Nick Haxton-EvansVolunteer Monitoring Coordinator503-693-5731
Kat Maloney, Assessment Specialist503-880-0655
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