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Quality assurance project and sampling and analysis plans

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.

​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

For the most up to date taxonomic tables​ contact Shanon Hubler​, Natural Resource Specialist, 503-693-5728.


Nick Haxton-Evans
Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator

Kat Maloney, Assessment Specialist