9th National Monitoring Conference, Cincinnati, OH, April 28-May 2, 2014

The NWQMC hosted its 9th National Monitoring Conference – Working Together for Clean Water on April 28 – May 2, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Duke Energy Center. This national forum provides an exceptional opportunity for federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, academic, private, and other water stakeholders to exchange information and technology related to water monitoring, assessment, research, protection, restoration, and management, as well as to develop new skills and professional networks.

  • Emerging technologies in the application of continuous real-time sensors and remote-sensing data
  • Multiple sessions and presentations associated with water quality of coastal waterbodies
  • Monitoring approaches and findings from the National Aquatic Resource Surveys
  • Strengthening State and Regional Council partnerships and volunteer monitoring groups
  • Advances in promoting and implementing data-sharing programs
  • Improving how we communicate science and data to decision-makers and the public

Highlights from the 8th Biennial National Conference

Conference Results

ES A2: Workshop: USGS Water Information NOW

Organized by Donna Myers, USGS

C1: Innovative Condition Assessments
Session C1 Abstracts

Moderator: Richard Bartz, USGS
  Anti-degradation Protection of Water Quality for the Delaware River Basin: Expansion of the Control Point Approach to Monitoring and Assessment Limbeck (DRBC)
  Status, Trend and Change Evaluation and Web Displays of Data for Healthy Watershed Assessments Paradies (California Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program)
  The Development and Application of a Temperature Assessment Methodology for Coldwater Streams in Maryland Stover (MDE)
  Extending Trophic State Assessments Using Volunteer-Collected Water Quality Data Thorpe (University of Missour)

C2: National Water Quality Portal: Lessons Learned
Session C2 Abstracts

Moderator: Dwane Young, USEPA
  The Water Quality Exchange: A Streamlined Way for Sharing Water Quality Data

Kovatch (USEPA)

  Two Years of the Water Quality Portal: Improvements, Lessons, and Plans for the Future Kreft (USGS)
  A National Compilation of Water-Quality Monitoring Data to Support Local, Regional, and National Scale Water Quality Assessments Argue (USGS)
  Duplicate Water Data - Causes, Implications, Solutions Gellenbeck (USGS)

ES C3: Panel - Continuous Water-Quality Information Anywhere and at Anytime! How Do We Get There?

Organized by Andy Ziegler, USGS

Panel Members:
Chuck Dvorsky - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Brian Pellerin - USGS
Stewart Rounds - USGS
Andy Ziegler - USGS

  Continuous Water-Quality Information Anywhere and at Anytime! How Do We Get There? Ziegler (USGS)
  Applications of Optical Sensors for High Frequency Water Quality Monitoring and Research in Rivers and Streams Pellerin (USGS)
  Quantifying Uncertainty in Time-Series Water-Quality Data Rounds (USGS)

C4: Communicating Science for Action
Session C4 Abstracts

Moderator: Sara Steiner, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  Fox River Low Flow Dissolved Oxygen Monitoring: A Collaborative Effort Stevenson (IL State Water Survey)
  Visual Stream Monitoring: Exploring Georgia's Newly Developed Habitat Assessment Program Harbert (GA EPD)
  EcoAtlas and CRAM: Online Resource Management Support Tools Grosso (SFEI)
  Iowa's Water Quality Index - From Data to Action Skopec (IA DNR)

C5: Nutrient Monitoring and Modeling to Restore and Protect Coastal Water Quality
Session C5 Abstracts

Moderator: Jerad Bales, USGS
  Hypoxia Forecast Models in Coastal Waters Used to Inform Nutrient Management Lewitus (NOAA)
  NEW Web-Based Capabilities for Using Spatially Referenced Regression Models to Support Decisions Related to the Management of Nutrient Loads to the Nation's Estuaries Preston (USGS)
  Nutrient Threshold Development for Saint Louis Bay, Mississippi: Content and Context Paul (Tetra Tech, Inc.)
  Monitoring Nutrient and Sediment Inputs to Texas Bays and Estuaries: A Comparison of Selected High Flow Events, 2009-13 Lee (USGS)

C6: Best Management Practices for Protecting Water Quality
Session C6 Abstracts

Moderator: Michael Eberle, USFS
  Monitoring Forest Service's BMPs - Assessing the First Year of National Program Implementation Eberle (USFS)
  Stormwater Monitoring in the Cherry Creek Basin, Colorado Love (GEI Consultants, Inc.)
  The Potential Importance of Conservation, Restoration and Altered Management Practices for Water Quality in the Wabash River Watershed Yang (USEPA - ORISE)
  How Paired is Paired? Comparing Nitrate Concentrations in Three Iowa Drainage Districts Seeman (Iowa Soybean Association)

C7: Evaluating Changes and Trends Using Statistical Surveys
Session C7 Abstracts

Moderator: Sarah Lehmann, USEPA
  Watershed-Scale Biological Monitoring and Assessment for Ecological Protection and Restoration Planning Stribling (Tetra Tech, Inc.)
  Using Probabilistic Monitoring Data to Recommend Stressor Risk Levels in Aquatic Life Use Total Maximum Daily Load Studies Hill (VA DEQ)
  Looking at Statewide Trends in Water Quality through State-Scale Statistical Survey Data Chestnut (SC DHEC)
  An Emerging Picture of Changes in Coastal Water Quality: Preliminary Results from the 2010 National Coastal Condition Assessment Grayson (USEPA)

ES C8: Workshop - Volunteer Monitoring: Getting Started and Growing Successfully, Part 1

Organized by Julie Vastine, Director, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring

  Volunteer Monitoring: Getting Started and Growing Successfully

Donkersloot (NJDEP)
Green (RI CE)
Vastine (PA ALLARM)

  NJDEP, Water Monitoring & Standards, Bureau of Environmental Restoration and Analysis Donkersloot (NJDEP)
  Cooperative Extension and Volunteer Monitoring: Rhode Island's Experience Green (URI)
  PA: Community-based Stream Monitoring Vastine (ALLARM)

ES C9: Workshop - Building, Empowering and Sustaining State, Regional and Tribal Water Monitoring Councils, Partnerships and Alliances
Session C9 Abstracts

Organized by Cathy Tate, USGS, and Barb Horn, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Cochairs Collaboration & Outreach Workgroup

D1: Remote Sensing: Tools and Applications
Session D1 Abstracts

Moderator: Steven Wolfe, Gulf of Mexico Alliance/Florida Institute of Oceanography
  Initial Results from the Workshop on Developing a Great Lakes Remote Sensing Community Liou (NASA Glenn Research Center)
  Use of MODIS Earth Observation Data in Regional-Scale Models of Reactive Nitrogen in Watersheds Smith (USGS)
  Using Remote Sensing Tools to Target Stream Protection and Wastewater Treatment BMPs in Rural Kentucky Tonning (Tetra Tech, Inc.)

D2: Temporal Changes in Groundwater Quality
Session D2 Abstracts

Moderator: Glenn Skuta, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  Trends in Groundwater Quality in Principal Aquifers of the United States, 1988-2012 Lindsey (USGS)
  Pesticides in Groundwater of the United States: Decadal-Scale Changes, 193-2011 Toccalino (USGS)
  Chloride and Nitrate Trends in Ohio's Public Water System Wells Slattery (OH EPA)
  Temporal Variations in Temperature, Water Level, and Specific Conductivity in Groundwater and Combined Storm Sewers in a Sustainable Streetscapes Best Management Practice (BMP) Area in Chicago, Illinois Morrow (USGS)

D3: Continuous Monitoring: Innovations in Applications and Instrumentation, Part 1
Session D3 Abstracts

Moderator: Brian Pellerin, USGS
  Real-Time Nitrate Monitoring in Groundwater within a Mixed-Use Watershed in Central Illinois Warner (USGS)
  Using Continuous Real-Time Water-Quality Data to Estimate Organic Carbon Export from an Urban Stream Goldman (USGS)
  Characterization of Water-Quality Gradients in an Urban Midwestern Stream Using a Floating Sensor Platform Developed for Lagrangian Data Collection Foster (USGS)
  The Application and Utility of Continuous Instream Monitoring as Part of a Large River Assessment of the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania Shull (PA DEP)

D4-D8: Networking - Meet Your Peers - Who is Working in Your Backyard?

D9: Panel - Using Quantitative PCR as a Tool for Evaluating Microbial Water Quality

Organized by Natasha Isaacs and Christopher Kephart, USGS

E1: Building Capacity with the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS)
Session E1 Abstracts

Moderator: Charles Faulkner, USEPA
  The aquamet Package for R: A Tool for Use with the National Rivers and Stream Assessment Blocksom (USEPA)
  Implementation of Oklahoma's Statewide Probabilistic Survey Design for Surface Waters: Considerations, Implications, and Results Porter (OK WRB)
  Assessing the Ecologic Condition of Wetlands at National and Regional Scales: Status, Implications, and Preliminary Results of the National Wetland Condition Assessment Serenbetz (USEPA)

E2: Successful Collaborative Monitoring Approaches
Session E2 Abstracts

Organized by David Neils, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  Rural Action Watershed Restoration Program: Partnering to Improve the Future Schlater (Rural Action)
  The Role of Collaborations in Volunteer Monitoring for Share Gas Impacts Tomsho (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring at Dicinson College)
  Butler County Stream Team: A Unique and Effective Partnership McCollum, Del Valle, and Zacharyasz (Miami University)
  Incorporating Citizen Volunteer Monitoring into Regional Water Quality Management Herron (ID DEQ)

E3: Continuous Monitoring: Innovations in Applications and Instrumentation, Part 2
Session E3 Abstracts

Moderator: Andrew Ziegler, USGS
  Results from a National Monitoring Network Lake Michigan Pilot Study: Integrated Surveys of Water Quality and Hydrodynamics in Two Rivermouth Mixing Zones Using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Jackson (USGS)
  Use of High Frequency Water Quality Data to Scale Ecological Processes in Estuaries Murrell (USEPA)
  Relations between Continuous Real-Time and Discrete Water-Quality Constituents in the Little Arkansas River, Sout -Central Kansas, 1995-2011 Rasmussen (USGS)
  Sound Science: Sediment Monitoring Using Acoustic Surrogates in the U.S. Geological Survey Landers (USGS)

E4: Assessing Effects of Climate Change
Session E4 Abstracts

Moderator: Michael Higgins, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  Regional Vulnerability Assessments to Detect Climate Change Effects in Streams Bierwagen (USEPA)
  Stream Classification in Support of Regional Monitoring to Detect Climate Change Effects Witt (USEPA)
  Coastal Monitoring Network to Study Effects of Climate Change on Ecosystem Processes Matthews (RTI International)
  Rising Air and Stream-Water Temperatures in Chesapeake Bay Region, USA Jastram (USGS)

E5: Nutrient Monitoring and Modeling to Restore and Protect Freshwaters
Session E5 Abstracts

Moderator: Jeffrey Frey, USGS
  Total Phosphorus Mass Balance Modeling in the Lower Boise River, Southwestern, Idaho Etheridge (USGS)
  Continuous Nitrate Measurements in an Urban Stream Affected by Wastewater Graham (USGS)
  Identifying Nutrient Reference Sites in Nutrient-Enriched Regions: Using Algal, Invertebrate, and Fish-Community Measures to Identify Stressor-Breakpoint Thresholds in Indiana Rivers and Streams, 2005-9 Selvaratnam (IN DEM)
  Publicly Accessible Decision Support System of the SPAtially Referenced Regressions on Watershed attributes (SPARROW) Model and Model Enhancements in South Carolina Journey (USGS)

E6: Monitoring the Benefits of Green Infrastructure on Water Quality
Session E6 Abstracts

Moderator: Chris French, Filterra Bioretention Systems
  Evaluation of Soil Media, Vegetative Diversity, and Projected Precipitation Effects on Bioretention Performance and Emission of Greenhouse Gases Cording (University of Vermont)
  Multimetric Evaluation of Detention Basin Retrofit to Reduce Hydrologic Alteration of Urbanization and Restore Stream Stability Hawley (Sustainable Streams, Inc.)
  Application of Automatic Stormwater Monitoring Systems for Integrated Management of Urban Streams in Daejoen, Korea Seo (Chungnam National University)
  Tracking the Recovery of Onondaga Lake, NY: Monitoring the Effect of Gray and Green Infrastructure Improvements in Achieving Phosphorus TMDL Numerical Water Quality Targets Suryadevara (Onondaga County Deparment of Water Environment Protection)

E7: Century Scale Trends in Water Quality
Session E7 Abstracts

Moderator: Edward Stets (USGS)
  The Perennial Value of Water-Quality Data for Long-Term Trend Analysis Myers (USGS
  Acidifying Processes in Watersheds Inferred from Century-scal Changes in Alkalinity and Major Ion Ratios Stets (USGS)
  Using a Century of Carbon and Nitrogen Records to Quantify Social-ecological Relationships in Watersheds of the Continental U.S. Broussard (Univeristy of Louisiana at Lafayette)
  Laboratory Analysis Rescue: Preserving Water-Quality Records from the Early 20th Century Swanson (USGS)

E8: Workshop - Volunteer Monitoring: Getting Started and Growing Successfully, Part 2

Organized by Julie Vastine, Director, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring
  Tools of the Trade: Georgia's Water Quality Database Harbert (GA EPD)

E9: Understand, Restore, and Protect Our Waters: The National Water Quality Monitoring Council's Programs, Initiatives, and Products

Organized by Mike Yurewicz, USGS
  Tools of the Trade: Georgia's Water Quality Database Harbert (GA EPD)

F1: State Applications of Statistical Surveys
Session F1 Abstracts

Moderator: Amina Pollard, USEPA
  Lakeshore Habitat Condition of Wisconsin Lakes across Gradients in Land Use and Lake Area: Building on the National Lkae Assessment Hein (WI DNR)
  Using Probabilistic and Targeted Sampling Strategies to Asses Wisconsin's Wadeable Streams Shupryt (WI DNR)
  Using R to Analyze Data from Probabilistic Monitoring in Oklahoma Lemmon (OK Conservation Commission)
  Evaluation of a Geometric Sampliing Design Used to Assess Stream Resources and Identify Environmental Stressors in Watersheds Miller (WI DNR)

F2: Bridging the Gap: Diverse Strategies for Better Decision-Making
Session F2 Abstracts

Moderator: Douglas McLaughlin, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.
  Toward Sustainable Water Information: Are Existing Water Monitoring Data Sufficient to Make Scientifically Sound Water Policy Decisions? Betanzo (NEMWI)
  Partnering to Establish a Sustainable Biological Monitoring Program Wood (Charles River Watershed Association)
  The Water Quality Framework Young (USEPA)
  Evaluating the Representativeness, Accuracy and Potential Use of Facility Wastewater Discharge Information for Toxic Chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic REgion Davis (USEPA)

F3: Continuous Monitoring: Regulatory Applications
Session F3 Abstracts

Moderator: Jim Dorsch, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District
  Adapting Methods of Near Real Time Water-quality Monitoring to Meet Scientific and Regulatory Needs Canova (USGS)
  Utilizing Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Data for Regulatory Assessment and Discharge Permit Development along an Effluent-Dominated Segment of the South Platte River Parman and Dorsch (Metro Wastewater Reclamation District)
  Adaptive Management for Low Dissolved Oxygen in Grand and Hudson Lake Phillips (OK WRB)

F4: Harmful Algal Bloom and Cyanotoxin Reconnaissance
Session F4 Abstracts

Moderator: Jennifer Graham, USGS
  Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring By Citizen Scientists to Protect Human Health and Strengthen Stewardship Oleskiewicz (Ohio Lake Management Society)
  Indiana's Cyanobacteria Monitoring Program: Analyzing Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins Wagner and Arnold (IN DEM)
  Cyanobacteria and Associated Toxins in Illinois Terrio (USGS)
  Determination of Algal Toxin Concentrations in Surface Waters at Isle Royale National Park (ISRO), Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SLBE), and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (PIRO) Duris (USGS)

F5: Best Management Practices in Urban and Suburban Landscapes
Session F5 Abstracts

Moderator: Callie Oblinger, USGS
  Digesting Multiple Lines of Evidence to Evaluate Possible Designated Use Impairments and Promising Restoration Options - Western Bays, Long Island, NY Gulbransen (Battelle Memorial Institute)
  Assessing Watershed Scale Responses to BMP Implementation in Urban Watersheds Jastram (USGS)
  Evaluation of Pollutants in Wastewater Generated by Mobile Commercial Car Washing Operations in Durham, NC Raber (City of Durham)
  Enumerating the Return of Investments for Restoration Projects in an Urban Watershed through Successful Partnerships and Volunteer Monitoring Efforts Scheerhorn (Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities)

F6: Integrating Remote Sensing into Assessment Programs
Session F6 Abstracts

Moderator: Blake Schaeffer, USEPA
  Remote Sensing of Wintertime Groundcover on Agricultural Fields within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Performance of Winter Cover Crops for Water Quality Protection Hively (USGS)
  Satellite Remotes Sensing and Crowd Sourcing to Monitor and Predict Cyanobacteria Blooms Schaeffer (USEPA)
  Multispectral Monitoring of New England Freshwater Resources to Assess Turbidity, Algal Blooms, and Water Quality for Enhanced Natural Resource Management Orne (NASA DEVELOP National Program)
  Predicting Algal Concentrations form Landsat Satellite Imagery in Kentucky Lakes Martin (KY DEP)

F7: Pollutant Trading: Overviews and Perspectives at Different Scales
Session F7 Abstracts

Moderator: Matthew Heberling, USEPA
  Water Quality Trading in the US: National Overview under the Clean Water Act Rose (USEPA)
  Point/Nonpoint Water Quality Trading: How Data and Monitoring Can Reduce Market Impediments Ribaudo (USDA ERS)
  Nutrient Trading: How Farmers and Chesapeake Bay TMDL Efforts Can Find "Value" in Trading Tool Inventories - A Success Story of the Early Use of the Maryland Nutrient Trading Tool York (Green Earth Connection LLC)
  The Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project Youngstrom (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission)

ES F8: Panel - Exploring the Worlds of Volunteer Monitoring and Citizen Science

Organized by Julie Vastine, Director, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring
  Co-Created Volunteer Monitoring Approach Vastine (ALLARM)
  Cooperative Extension Volunteer Monitoring: Contributory - Collaborative Programs Green (URI)
  The Current State and Future Prospects for Citizen Science Phillips (Cornell)
  A Look at These Citizen Science Models in Volunteer Water Monitoring Programs Across the United States Stepenuck (University of Wisconsin - Extension and WI DNR)

F9: Adapting to an Extreme Climate - Best Practices, Solutions, and Unanswered Questions

Organized by Monty Porter, Oklahoma Water Resources Board
  Importance of extreme events Hirsch (USGS)
  Monitoring After Severe Floods/Storms in NJ: Challenges, Solutions & Unanswered Questions McGeorge (NJDEP)
  Effect of Drought Porter (OWRB)
  Lessons from the Iowa Floods of 2008: Water Quality Issues Skopec (IA DNR)

G1: National Lake Assessment: National and State Perspectives
Session G1 Abstracts

Moderator: Aaron Borisenko, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  National Lakes Assessment: Project Overview, Status Update, and Preliminary Results Pollard (USEPA)
  Minnesota's 2012 National Lakes Assessment: National, State and Ecoregion-based Approach Heiskary (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)
  Comparison of Wisconsin's Results from National Lake Assessments in 2007 and 2012 Garrison (WI DNR)
  Using the Results of the 2007 National Lakes Assessment to Influence Lake Management Policy in Vermont Matthews (VT DEC)

G2: Groundwater Monitoring and Protection
Session G2 Abstracts

Moderator: Greg Pettit, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  Relationships between Discharge and Water Quality in Florida Springs Shortelle (Suwannee River Water Management District)
  Determining the Sources of Water for Conduit "Sandboil" Springs at the Nature Conservancy's Nachusa Grasslands Preserve, Franklin Grove, Illinois Bailey (USGS)
  The Ohio Ambient Ground Water Quality Monitoring Program Documents Water Quality Impacts Kenah (OH EPA)
  Efforts to Characterize Ground Water Quality in Indiana through the Statewide Ground Water Monitoring Network Spindler (IN DEM)

G3: Continuous Monitoring: Uncertainty and Bias and Precision... Oh My!
Session G3 Abstracts

Moderator: Mary Giorgino, USGS
  Sensor Signal Integrity and Data Quality Management: Who is Doing What? Katznelson (UCAL Extension)
  High Quality Monitoring at the Water's Edge Using In Situ Automatic Measurement Stations that Incorporate Real-Time Data Quality Analysis Tools Copp (Primodal Systems Inc.)
  Quantifying Uncertainty: Adding Value to USGS Time-Series Water-Quality Data Rounds (USGS)
  Estimating the Uncertainty of Mean Daily Water Temperature Using the GUM Fulford (USGS)

G4: Detecting and Predicting Cyanotoxins
Session G4 Abstracts

Moderator: Martha Clark Mettler, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  Long-term and Seasonal Trends in Phosphorus Loading to Lake Erie: Links to Harmful Algal Blooms with Insights from 2011 and 2012 Johnson (National Center for Water Quality Research, Heidelberg University)
  Understanding and Predicting Harmful Cyanobacterial Algal Blooms at Lake Erie and Ohio Inland Beaches Stelzer (USGS)
  Development of a Molecular Toolbox for Analyses of Bloom-Forming and Toxin-Producing Cyanobacteria in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon Eldridge (USGS)
  Estimating Geosmin and Microcystin Occurrences with Real-Time Water-Quality Monitors, Cheney Reservoir, Kansas, 2001-2012 Graham (USGS)

G5: Quantifying the Source and Fate of Nutrients
Session G5 Abstracts

Moderator: Jane Caffrey, University of West Florida
  Evaluation of Nitrogen Sources and Transport Processes in the Smith Creek Watershed, An Agricultural Basin in Virginia Hyer (USGS)
  Development of Statistical Models to Quantify Sediment and Phosphorus Loads in Small, Rural Watersheds Russell (Illinois State water Survey)
  Connecting the Dots - Continuous Nitrate, Phosphorus, and Sediment Loads in the Illinois River Terrio (USGS)
  Nitrogen in Minnesota Rivers: Conditions, Trends, Sources, and Reductions Wall (MN PCA)

G6: Challenging and Innovative Networks, Models, and Application of Conservation Information that Support the Chesapeake Bay TMDL
Session G6 Abstracts

Moderator: Tony Shaw, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  Give and Take: Building and Sustaining Integrated Long-term Water Quality Monitoring Networks in the Chesapeake Bay and Basin Tango (USGS)
  Recording Progress in Agricultural Conservation on Chesapeake Bay Farms Using USDA Data Records: Balancing Privacy with Useful Information Hively (USGS)
  Linking Models of the Atmosphere, Watershed, and Estuary to Inform the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Shenk (EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office)
  Application of the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership's Watershed Model in Support of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Shenk (EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office)

G7: Developing and Using Local and Regional Water Quality Data Exchanges
Session G7 Abstracts

Moderator: Jim Kreft, USGS
  The AL-MS-KY Multi-State Configurable System: Promoting Data Consistency and Comparability, Improving Efficiency, and Reducing Costs of Managing State Agency Water Quality Monitoring Data Huff (AL DEM)
  WaDE: An Interoperable Data Exchange Network for Sharing Water Planning and Use Data Larsen (WSWC)
  New Mexico's SQUID (Surface water QUality Information Database): Integrating Water Quality Data Management and CWA 303(d)/305(b) Reporting Bell and Guevara (NM Envtl. Dept.)
  Using Cloud Computing to Protect Ecology, Economy, and Tradition through the Wild Rice Wetlands Water Quality Data Sharing Project Schuldt (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation Environmental Program) and LeBaron (Gold Systems, Inc.)

G8: Panel - Better Data, Better Partnerships: How Can New Technologies Increase the Participation and Use of Volunteer Biomonitoring Data?

Organized by Jim Lazorchak, US Environmental Protection Agency

G9: Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Biomonitoring of Large Rivers

Organizaed by Jeff Thomas, ORSANCO
  EMAP-GRE and ORSANCO's Ohio River Biological Monitoring Program Argo (ORSANCO)
  National Rivers and Streams Assessment: Nonwadeables Lehmann (USEPA)
  Lessons Learned from the USEPA Environmental Monitoring Assessment Program for Great River Ecosystems Pearson (USEPA)
  Oklahoma's Large River Sampling Program Porter (OWRB)
  Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Biomonitoring of Large Rivers - Large River Sampling in Pennsylvania Spear (PA DEP)

H1: Monitoring and Assessing Large River Ecosystems
Session H1 Abstracts

Moderator: Rob Tewes, Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission
  Creation of a Multi-metric Macroinvertebrate Index and Implications for Annual Ohio River Assessments Argo (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission)
  A Multi-Disciplinary Large River Assessment of Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania Lookenbill (PA DEP)
  Ranking Relative Effects of Environmental Factors at Various Spatial Scales on Ohio River Biotic Condition Thomas (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission)
  The New England Non-wadeable Rivers Fish Assemblage Assessment Project Yoder (Midwest Biodiversity Institute)

H2: Monitoring Councils and Coalitions: Examples and Lessons
Session H2 Abstracts

Moderator: Dan Boward, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  The Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership: A Forum Regional Coordination Hayslip (USEPA)
  Measuring the Effectiveness of California's Water Quality Monitoring Council Marschack (CA WQMC)
  Partnerships for Communication and Cost Savings Ruhlman (NC DWR)
  The Evolution of the Virginia Water Monitoring Council: Becoming a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization French (VA WMC)

ES H3/I3: Workshop - Megadata - Working with Continuous Time-Series Water-Quality Data

Organized by Dan Sullivan, US Geological Survey
  Optical DO Sensor (oDo) Sihalla (HydroTech)
  Surrogate Analysis and Index Developer (SAID) Tool Straub (USGS)
  GSqwsr: An R Package to Develop Surrogate Regressions for Real-Time Water Quality Prediction Thompson (USGS)
  Data Models and Data Sharing Networks: Continuous and Discrete Data Young (USEPA) and Pollak (CUAHSI)

H4: Contaminants of Emerging Concern
Session H4 Abstracts

Moderator: Leslie McGeorge, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  Bottoms Up? Chemical and Microbial Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Source Water and Treated Drinking Water of the United States Glassmeyer (USEPA)
  Pharmaceuticals and Other Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in Source and Treated Drinking Waters from 25 Drinking Water Treatment Plants: Compositions, Concentrations, and Reductions Furlong (USGS)
  Effects of Treated Wastewater Effluent on Water-Quality, Sediment-Quality, and Biological Condition in Spirit Creek, Fort Gordon, Georgia Bradley (USGS)
  Development of Indicators for Emerging Trace Organic Compounds Turner (LimnoTech)

H5: Methods and Management of Dissolved Oxygen Issues
Session H5 Abstracts

Moderator: Alan Lewitus, NOAA
  Maximizing the Value of Existing Monitoring Technologies: Stream Temperature and Dissolved Oxygen as Best Case Examples Rose (USEPA)
  Coming Up for Air: Perspectives from Five Years of DO Monitoring in Illinois Slowikowski (IL State Water Survey)
  Causes of Low Dissolved Oxygen in the Smithland Pool of the Ohio River Youngstrom (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission)
  Hopkins Pond Restoration Using Underwater Aeration and Artificial Floating Wetlands Haberland (Rutgers University)

H6: Monitoring the Effectiveness of Stream Restoration
Session H6 Abstracts

Moderator: William Wilber, USGS
  Water Quality Benefits of Stream Reclamation - Cherry Creek Basin, Colorado Wolf (GEI Consultants, Inc.)
  Bloomington's EPA National Monitoring Project Demonstrated Improved Water Quality with Significant Nutrient Reduction and Enhanced Biotic Response from the Restoration of a Prairie Stream/Slough Roseboom (USGS)
  Watershed Restoration Using In-Stream Lime Dosing for Treating Acid Mine Drainage Vukovich (WV DEP)
  Top 5 Tips for Working on Stream Projects with Teens: Lessons from Austin Youth River Watch Lyles (Austin Youth River Watch)

H7: Pathogen Source Identification and Management
Session H7 Abstracts

Moderator: Michael Higgins, US Fish & Wildlife Service
  Evaluation of Stream Chemistry Trends in U.S. Geological Survey Reference Watersheds, 1970-2010 Mast (USGS)
  The Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project: Tracking Water-Quality Trends and Emerging Issues for 25 Years Giorgino (USGS)
  Nitrogen and Phosphorus Concentrations and Loads in the Great Miami River Basin, Ohio Ekberg (Miami Conservancy District)
  Long-Term Trends in Concentrations of Selected Constituents Risch (USGS)

ES H8: Workshop - Bacteria Monitoring 101: Get Hands-On with Four Methods to Monitor Bacteria in Your Local Waterway

Organized by Kristine Stepenuck, University of Wisconsin-Extension and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

How to Monitor for Bacteria

ES H9: Panel - National and State Perspectives on Implementing the National Coastal Condition Assessment

Organized by Hugh Sullivan and Treda Grayson, US Environmental Protection Agency

  South Carolina State-Scale Estuarine Statistical Survey and the NARS National Coastal Condition Assessment Chestnut (SC DHEC)

I1: Implementing EPA's Healthy Watersheds Program
Session I1 Abstracts

Moderator: Amina Pollard, USEPA
  Using Integrated Assessments to Identify Healthy Watersheds at the State Scale McDonough (USEP - ORISE)
  Application of EPA's Healthy Watersheds Initiative Concepts Enhances Protection of California's Streams and Watersheds Ode (CA DFW)
  Wisconsin's Healthy Watersheds Initiative: Ranking Watersheds to Inform Managment Actions Hein (WI DNR)
  Alabama's Healthy Watershed Initiative and Biological Condition Gradient: Two Tools for Prioritizing Restoration and Protection Efforts Huff (AL DEM)

I2: Assessing the Effects of Prolonged Drought and Wildfires on Water Quality and Habitat
Session I2 Abstracts

Moderator: Kathy Warner, USGS
  Application of Continuous and Periodic Monitoring to the Assessment of the Impacts of the 2012-2013 Drought on Groundwater Conditions in Illinois Kay (USGS)
  Trial by Fire: Dedicated Volunteers Test Water During Extreme Drought in Texas Apodaca (Lower Colorado River Authority)
  Effect of Drought on the Transport of Nitrate in a Midwest Stream Kalkhoff (USGS)
  Monitoring the Recovery of Streams in the San Gabriel Mountains (CA) Following the Largest Wildfire in Los Angeles County History: Station Fire - 2009 Patrick (Aquatic Bioassay & Consulting Labs)

I3: Workshop - Megadata - Working With Continuous Time-Series WaterQuality Data, Part 2

Organized by Dan Sullivan, US Geological Survey

I4: Contaminants of Emerging Concern: Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)
Session I4 Abstracts

Moderator: Edward Furlong, US Geological Survey
  Occurrence of Perfluorinated Compounds in New Jersey Public Water Supplies Post (NJ DEP)
  Presence of Perfluorinated Compounds in Source and Treated Drinking Waters from 25 Drinking Water Treatment Plants in the United States Glassmeyer (USEPA)
  PFC Contamination at the Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base; Extent, Sources, Fish Uptake, Human Exposure, Fate and Transport Delaney (State of Michigan)

I5: Indicator Bacteria and Predictive Modeling
Session I5 Abstracts

Moderator: Curtis Cude, Oregon Health Authority
  A Comprehensive Assessment of the Occurrence and Distribution of Pathogenic Bacteria in Great Lakes Tributaries, March-September 2011 Brennan (USGS)
  Assessing Enterococci in the Nation's Lakes, Reservoirs, Streams and Rivers: Results from the National Aquatic Resource Surveys Lehmann (USEPA)
  Improving Predictions of Bacterial Water Quality with Real-time Networked Sensors and Online Models Wetherill (University of Massachusetts Boston)
  Advancing the Use of Predictive Models for Estimating Recreational Water Quality at Beaches Francy (USGS)

I6: Data Management Approaches for Diverse Monitoring Groups
Session I6 Abstracts

Moderator: Elizabeth Herron, University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch

Using an Environment Information Lifecycle Framework to Improve the Quality and Sharing of Data and Information

Davis (USEPA)
  The Kentucky Interagency Groundwater Monitoring Network: A Collaborative Effort in Grooundwater Resource Characterization Davidson (KY Geological Survey)
  Developing an Interactive Database for Volunteer Stream Monitoring Results Stratton (Davey Resource Group)
  Managing Spatial Data: The FlexiGrid Experience Katznelson (University of California Extension

I7: Measuring Invertebrates to Quantify Lake and Reservoir Conditions
Session I7 Abstracts

Moderator: W. Reed Green, USGS
  Impact of Invasive Dreissenid Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) and Invasive Round Goby (Neogobius melanostomus) on the Benthic Macroinvertebrate Community and Ecological State of Lake Simcoe (Ontario, Canada) Ginn (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority)
  Late Summer Crustacean Zooplankton Communities in Western US Reservoirs Reflect Ecoregion, Temperature and Latitude Beaver (BSA Environmental Services, Inc.)
  Water Quality and Biological Assessment of the Lower Reservoirs of the Susquehanna River Steffy and Henning (Susquehanna River Basin Commission)
  Assessing Water Quality Effects of the Taum Sauk Hydroelectric Facility Reservoir Breach and Evaluating Recovery and Restoration Efforts Michaelson (MO DNR)

ES I8: Workshop - Craft A Powerful Message

Organized by Martha Merson, Technical Education Research Centers (TERC)

I9: Cancelled

J1: National-Scale Water Quality Assessments
Session J1 Abstracts

Moderator: Greg Pettit, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  The National Network of Reference Watersheds McHale (USGS)
  A Multi-Scale Monitoring and Modeling Approach for Assessing the Quality of the Nation's Groundwater: Perspectives from the USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) Belitz (USGS)
  Status and Trends of the Nation's Surface-Water Quality: The U.S. Geological Survey's National Fixed Site Network Crawford (USGS)
  Assessing the Nation's Waters: Accomplishments of the First Ten Years of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) and Challenges for the Next Ten Lehmann (USEPA)

J2: Novel Biotic Indices
Session J2 Abstracts

Moderator: Jeff Ostermiller, Utah Division of Water Quality
  Upper Mississippi River Mussel Community Assessment Tool Dunn (Ecological Specialists, Inc.)
  Implementation of a Long-Term Quantitative Mussel Monitoring Program in Kentucky Culp (KY DEP)
  Validation of a Headwater Index of Biotic Integrity for New Jersey's High Gradient Streams Henning (NJ DEP)
  Investigating a Rapid Floristic Quality Assessment Method for Mid-Atlantic Wetlands or What's a Nice Intensive Assessment Method Like You Doing in a Rapid Assessment World Like This? Chamberlain (Penn State University)

J3: Continuous Monitoring: Tools and Tricks for Data Management
Session J3 Abstracts

Moderator: Dan Sullivan, USGS
  Database Design for In Situ Water Quality Data Russell (Illinois State Water Survey)
  Combining Monitoring Data Spanning Multiple Temporal and Spatial Scales to Evaluate Water Quality Affecting Seagrass Habitat Extent in Northwest Florida Estuaries Hagy (USEPA)
  ODM Tools Python: Open Source Software for Managing Hydrologic and Water Quality Time Series Data Horsburgh (Utah State University)
  Temporarily Dynamic Representations of Continuous Monitor Data through Animated Graphing Yagecic (DRBC)

J4: Monitoring Methods and Effects of Floods on Water Quality and Human and Ecological Health
Session J4 Abstracts

Moderator: Terry Schertz, USGS
  Concentrations and Transport of Nutrients and Suspended Sediment in the Lower Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin during the 2011 Mississippi River Flood, April through July Welch (USGS)
  The Occurrence and Transport of Pesticides in the Lower Mississippi River during the 2011 Flood Coupe (USGS)
  Long Term Contaminant Threats to Ecosystems and Humans Due to Hurricane Sandy Focazio (USGS)
  Training and Equipment Required to Collect Water-Quality Samples on Large Rivers during High Flows Skrobialowski (USGS)

J5: Pesticide Monitoring, Modeling, and Risk Assessment
Session J5 Abstracts

Moderator: Tracy Perry (USEPA)
  Integration of Surface and Groundwater Modeling and Monitoring Data in Pesticide Ecological Risk Assessments Corbin (USEPA)
  Use of the Co-occurrence Pesticide Species Tool (CoPST) to Model Seasonal and Temporal Patterns of Pesticide Presence to Guide Water Quality Monitoring Timing and Location Breuer (State Water Resources Control Board, California Environmental Protection Agency)
  Pesticide Surface Water Monitoring: Bias Factors to Estimate Peak Concentrations and PRZM-Hybrid to Complete Measured Chemographs Truman (Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC)
  Pesticide Toxicity Index - A Tool for Assessing Complex Mixtures of Pesticides in Streams Norman (USGS)

J6: Web and Smart Phone Apps for Collecting and Presenting Data
Session J6 Abstracts

Moderator: Charles Kovatch, USEPA
  Better Public Access and Integration of Point Source Wastewater Pollutant Discharge Information and Receiving Waterbody Quality and Assessment Data Davis (USEPA)
  Recr8OhioRiver: A Water Quality Recreation Management Application to Have a Safe and Enjoyable Time on the Ohio River Alfaqih (Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati)
  TestTheWater.org a Digital Water Data Management Solution Tremblay and Warren (4Marbles, Inc.)
  A High Quality Cellphone-Based Portable Microscope for Stream Side Data Collection Steinberg (Southern California Coastal Water Research Project)

J7: Using Volunteer Data to Meet State Clean Water Act Goals
Session J7 Abstracts

Moderator: Aaron Borisenko, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  Monitoring Rhode Island's Waters Herron (University of Rhode Island)
  Citizen Monitoring Programs Helpig to Keep Tahoe Blue: Locating Aquatic Invasive Species and Prioritizing Storm Water Point Sources Patterson (League to Save Lake Tahoe)
  Using Biological Monitoring Data for Assessment - Our "A-Ha" Moment Donkersloot (NJ DEP)
  Utilizing Volunteer Monitoring to Meet Local Stormwater Program Objectives Beckley (VA DEQ) and French (Filterra Bioretention Systems and VWMC)

ES J8: Panel - Coastal Monitoring and Regional Ocean Partnership Alliances: Data Comparability and Links to the National Monitoring Network

Organized by David Graves, South Carolina Deparment of Health and Environmental Control
  Interstate Monitoring Issues - Why Can't We All Just Get Along Chestnut (SCDHEC)
  State and Federal Collaboration As Part of the Albemarle Sound Demonstration Study for the National Monitoring Network Moorman (USGS) and Reid (NCDWR)
  Interstate Monitoring Issues Sullivan (USEPA)
  Integrating Coastal Monitoring - The GOMA Experience Wolfe (GOMA)

ES J9: Panel - National Water Quality Initiative: Using Watershed Monitoring to Track Water Quality Improvement from Conservation Systems

Organized by Stuart Lehmann, US Environmental Protection Agency

  NRCS Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring Anderson (NRCS)
  Monitoring Water Quality In Streams to Identify Water Quality Changes Due to Agricultural Conservation Practice Lehmann (USEPA)
  Why, What, and Where to Monitor, and What to Do With the Data Stribling (Tetra Tech, Inc.)

K1: Monitoring and Modeling to Restore and Protect Coastal Water Quality
Session K1 Abstracts

Moderator: Jim Hagy, USEPA
  Adaptation of a Weighted Regression Approach to Evaluate Water Quality Trends in Tampa Bay, Florida Beck (USEPA - ORISE)
  Albemarle Sound Demonstration Study of the National Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and Their Tributaries Moorman (USGS)
  Suspended Sediment-Bound Toxic Chemical Loads from Large Rivers to Puget Sound, Washington Conn (USGS)
  Evaluating Water and Sediment Quality in the Gulf of Mexico Coastal National Parks Caffrey (University of West Florida)

K2: Characterization of Regional Groundwater Systems
Session K2 Abstracts

Moderator: Kenneth Belitz, USGS
  Measuring Hydrostratigraphy in Two Minnesota Bedrock Wells: A Case Study of Methods for Better Understanding Ground-Water/Surface-Water Interaction, Water Quality, and Well Productivity Berglund (MN Department of Health)
  Factors Affecting Public-Supply-Well Vulnerability to Contamination: Understanding Observed Water Quality and Anticipating Future Water Quality Eberts (USGS)
  The Kentucky Interagency Groundwater Monitoring Network: Expanded Monitoring Programs Blair (Kentucky Division of Water)
  Assessing the Quality of Groundwater Used for Public Supply in Principal Aquifers of the Western United States Bexfield (USGS)

K3: Continuous Monitoring: Sensor Developments in Energy Production/Hydrofracking
Session K3 Abstracts

Moderator: Pete Penoyer, National Park Service
  Application of an Aqueous Methane Sensor to Evaluate Spatial and Temporal Changes in Dissolved Methane Concentrations in a Groundwater Monitoring Well Barton (Battelle Memorial Institute)
  Continuous Monitoring of Methanol Concentration in Water Treatment Processes Associated with Hydrofracturing Reardon (OptiEnz Sensors, LLC)
  Preliminary Findings from Continuous Water Chemistry Monitoring in Watersheds Impacted by Shale Gas Drilling in the Susquehanna River Basin Hintz (Susquehanna River Basin Commission)
  Natural Variation of Specific Conductivity and Major Ions in Wadeable Streams of the Conterminous United States Griffith (USEPA)

K4: Microbial Source Tracking and Health Effects
Session K4 Abstracts

Moderator: David Chestnut, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  Location of E. coli Bacteria Sources in an Urban Watershed in Seattle, Washington Using a Combination of Repeat In-Stream Sampling, Rapid Bio-assessment, IDDE Sampling of Storm Drains, CCTV of Sanitary Drains, Bacteroides Analysis and Information on Urban Homeless Encampments Frodge (Seattle Public Utilities)
  Examining Indicator Bacteria at Freshwater Swim Sites in the Los Angeles River Watershed, California Morris (Council for Watershed Health)
  Epidemiology Studies of Swimming-Associated Illness at Beaches with Non-Point Sources of Fecal Pollution Cao (Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority)
  Implementing a Fecal Coliform TMDL Using Volunteer and Shellfish Sanitation Program Data to Identify Sources and Transport Pathways Libes (Coastal Carolina University)

K5: Monitoring to Reflect Water Quality Changes from Management Actions
Session K5 Abstracts

Moderator: Michael Eberle, U.S. Forest Service
  Water Quality and Biological Trends in Ohio: Pre-Construction Grants Program to the Present Miltner (Ohio EPA)
  Monitoring and Analyzing the Effectiveness of the Lower Minnesota River Low Dissolved Oxygen Total Maximum Daily Load Study's Wastewater Phosphorus Permitting Implementation Activities Skuta (MN PCA)
  Farms, Fish, Phosphorus and Phytoplankton: Long-Term Dynamics of a Reservoir Ecosystem Associated with Changes in Watershed Agricultural Practices Vanni (Miami University)
  Multiple Uses of Data from an Automated Monitoring Network in a 6-Mile Urban Stormwater Tunnel Suppes (Capitol Region Watershed District)

K6: Statistical Analysis Tools
Session K6 Abstracts

Moderator: Mary Skopec, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  Linked Micromaps: Statistical Summaries of Monitoring Data in a Spatial Context McManus (USEPA)
  STORET Analytical Tools Wesley-Snider (RTI International)
  Disaggregation of Pollutant Sources through the Implementation of Continuous, Surrogate-Based Regression Equations Riddle and Hammond (Woolpert, Inc.)
  Accounting for Confounders Leads to Clearer Effects-Thresholds for Some Stressors Buchanan (Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin)

K7: Research and Achievements in Community-Based Science
Session K7 Abstracts

Moderator: Julie Vastine, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring @ Dickinson College
  Assessing the Needs of US Volunteer Monitoring Programs: Recentt Survey Results and Implications Green (URI Cooperative Extension)
  "I Want to Help Whoever Can Help the Water": Explaining Citizen Involvement in Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs McCauley (Northern Kentucky University)
  Improving Understanding of Impacts of Volunteer Water Monitoring Programs on Natural Resource Policy and Management Stepenuck (University of Wisconsin-Extension)
  Citizen Science and the Management of Natural Resources and Environments: A Systems Approach Glynn (USGS)

ES K8: Panel - National Scale Water Portals: Why Do We Have More Than One?

Organized by James Kreft, US Geological Survey

  National Ground Water Monitoring Network and Network Portal Cunningham (USGS)
  USGS Sediment Data Portal Lee (USGS)
  The CUAHSI Water Data Center Pollak (CUAHSI)

ES K9: Panel - Approaches to Reviewing and Assessing Monitoring Programs

Organized by Mike Yurewicz, US Geological Survey

  Maryland's Approach to Reviewing and Assessing Monitoring Programs Boward (MD DNR)
  North Dakota's Water Quality Monitoring Program for Surface Waters: An Ambient Monitoring Program Case History Ell
  Approaches to Assessing and Reviewing Monitoring Programs - Oregon's Enterprise Approach Pettit (OR DEQ)
  Surface Water Quality Monitoring Wise (TCEQ)

L1: The Big Picture: Holistic Approaches to Water Quality Assessments
Session L1 Abstracts

Moderator: Barb Horn, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
  Determining How Much Algae is too Much Algae in West Virginia Streams Coyne (WV DEP)
  Projected Economic Benefits Associated with the Removal of Excess Nitrogen and Phosphorus from Utah's Lakes and Streams Ostermiller (UT DEQ)
  Collaborative Science and Monitoring to Support Integrated Watershed Planning Watts (University of New Hampshire)
  Next-Generation of Urban Water Systems Ma (USEPA)

L2: Assessment of Stream Condition with Macroinvertebrates, Part 1
Session L2 Abstracts

Moderator: Timothy Oden, USGS
  Evaluation of an Alternate Benthic Macroinvertebrate Sampling Method for Low Gradient Streams Sampled in the National Rivers and Streams Assessment Blocksom (USEPA)
  A Credible Water Quality Assessment Using Citizen-Collected Macroinvertebrate Data Onion (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)
  Overview of the Biological and Water Quality Assessment Program and the Results for Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati Service Area, Cincinnati, Ohio Alfaqih (Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati)
  Environmental Drivers of Biological Stability and Persistence at Reference and Managed Sites within the Interior Columbia River Basin Miller (Utah State University)

L3: Energy Production Impacts
Session L3 Abstracts

Moderator: Pete Penoyer, National Park Service
  Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in a Tropical Brazillian Reservoir Andrade (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
  Disinfection By-Products Formed During the Treatment of Produced Waters at Wastewater Treatment Plants Hladik (USGS)
  Wheeling, West Virginia Experience With Frackwater: What "Brinewater" and "Residual Waste" Trucks Are Really Carrying Stout (Wheeling Jesuit University)
  Preliminary Interpretation of the Impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction Activities on Small Streams, Based on Volunteer-Collected Data Wilderman (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring @ Dickinson College)

L4: Integrated Monitoring and Modeling to Restore and Protect a National Estuary - Barnegat Bay
Session L4 Abstracts

Moderator: Diane Switzer, USEPA
  Collaborative Water Quality Monitoring Program to Support Modeling and Restoration of Barnegat Bay Pang (NJ DEP)
  Hydrodynamic Modeling of Temperature-Salinity Dynamics in Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary, NJ Defne (USGS)
  Modeling of Water-Quality Dynamics and Responses to Nutrient and Other Stresses in Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey Spitz (USGS)
  Monitoring and Assessing the Restoration and Protection of the Barnegat Bay: Quo Vadimus? Hales, Jr. (Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County College)

L5: Multiple Stressors and Water Quality Impairments
Session L5 Abstracts

Moderator: Jaysson Funkhouser, USGS
  Software for Analysis of Chemical Mixtures: Composition, Occurrence, Distribution, and Possible Toxicity Skach (USGS)
  Headwaters Stressor Identification Study for the Central Great Plains Ecoregion of Kansas and Nebraska Matthews (RTI International)
  Drowning in Data: Leveraging Multi-Parameter Datasets to Inform Adaptive Management-Based Restoration In the Long Creek Watershed, A Small Urban-Impaired Freshwater Stream In Coastal Cumberland County, Maine McDonald (Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District)

L6: Spatial and Temporal Approaches for Monitoring
Session L6 Abstracts

Moderator: Kenneth Hyer, USGS

  USGS Tributary Monitoring Network to Support Great Lakes Restoration Efforts Sullivan (USGS)
  Long-Duration High-Frequency Monitoring of Nutrients and Sediments in an Agricultural Watershed Renwick (Miami University)
  Using Critical Timing to Couple Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Data and Proposed Nitrate Reduction Strategies Garrett (USGS)
  Dissolved Organic Matter as an Indicator of Watershed Processes Aiken (USGS)

L7: Making it Clear for the Public: Techniques in Data Communication, Part 1
Session L7 Abstracts

Moderator: Alexandra Fried, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  Promoting Recreation in the Willamette River Post CSO Control Abrams (City of Portland)
  Turning Monitoring Data from Numbers into Watershed Priorities Scott (SD1)
  Volunteer Monitoring for Science and Action Williams (Buzzards Bay Coalition)
  How to Turn 3000 Water Quality Measures from 11 Sources into an 8 Page Report Written for the General Public Obrecht (University of Missouri)

ES L8: Workshop - How Can Remote Sensing Address Information Needs and Gaps in Water Quality and Quantity Management

Organized by Christine M. Lee, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  DEVELOP National Program - Partnering with DEVELOP: Program & Projects Overview Orne (NASA)

ES L9: Short Course: New Tools for Water Quality Data Access and Trend Analysis: An Overview of the USGS R Packages: dataRetrieval and EGRET

Organized by Robert M. Hirsch, US Geological Survey

M1: Regional Scale Monitoring Strategies
Session M1 Abstracts

Moderator: Mary Skopec, Section Chief, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

  Assessing the Quality of Groundwater used for Public Supply across the Glacial Aquifer System Stackelberg (USGS)
  The Midwest Stream Quality Assessment: A Collaboration Between the USEPA and the U.S. Geological Survey Frey (USGS)
  Design Basics for the Gulf Monitoring Network (GMN): Integrating Key Elements of Remote Sensing, Sampling, and Modeling Wolfe (Gulf of Mexico Alliance/Florida Institute of Oceanography)
  Design and Implementation of Regional Monitoring Networks to Detect Climate Change Effects in Freshwater Streams Stamp (Tetra Tech, Inc.)

M2: Assessment of Stream Condition with Macroinvertebrates, Part 2
Session M2 Abstracts

Moderator: Gretchen Hayslip, USEPA
  Tracking Macroinvertebrate Trends in Water Quality With Respect to Flow Conditions and Other Variables Martin (Adrian College)
  Stream Characteristics and Other Considerations for Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment of Puerto Rico Streams Kurtenbach (USEPA)
  Evaluating the Effects of Spawning Bed Enhancement on Salmon Habitat, Water Quality, and Benthic Communities in a Yuba River Tributary in Northern California Wood (Sierra Streams Institute)

M3: Training and Coordinating for Better Results
Session M3 Abstracts

Moderator: Danielle Donkersloot, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  Training and Educating Digitally - How YouTube is Revolutionizing Water Quality Monitoring Beckley (VA DEQ)
  The Maryland Biological Stream Survey Training and Certification Program Boward (MD DNR)
  Coaching Volunteers to Obtain Meaningful and Useful Data Higgins (MO DNR)
  Large-Scale Sampling Events: Using Volunteers to Monitor at the Watershed Level Harbert (GA EPD)

M4: Mercury in Air, Water, and Fish Tissue
Session M4 Abstracts

Moderator: Gary Rowe, USGS
  The Atmospheric Mercury Network: Measurement of Atmospheric Mercury Fractions across North America Gay (University of Illinois)
  The Great Lakes Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring Network Risch (USGS)

Results of EPA's Assessment of Fish Tissue from U.S. Rivers for Mercury and Legacy Organic Compounds with Implications for Aquatic Life and Human Health

Wathen (USEPA)
  Mercury Monitoring and Assessment in the Ohio River Heath and Hobbins (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission)

M5: Quantifying Agricultural Nonpoint Sources and Controls
Session M5 Abstracts

Moderator: Andrea Bolks, USEPA - ORISE
  A Regional Assessment of the Effects of Conservation Practices on In-Stream Water Quality Garcia (USGS)
  Monitoring Methods Used to Improve Agricultural Best Management Practice Evaluations at the Edge-of-Field Scale Morris (USGS)
  Neonictinoid Insecticide Occurrence in Iowa Streams During the 2013 Growing Season Hladik (USGS)
  The National Water Quality Initiative's Monitoring Framework Larsen (USEPA - ORISE)

M6: Geospatial Tools for Data Integration
Session M6 Abstracts

Moderator: Stephen Aichele, USGS
  The National Hydrography Dataset: A Geospatial Tool for Data Integration Rea (USGS)
  Innovative Applications of the New National Hydrography Dataset Plus (NHDPlus Version 2) - A National Surfacewater Geofabric Dewald (USEPA)
  Georeferencing Water Quality Assessments to NHDPlus Catchments - A New Approach to Evaluating and Measuring Progress in Surface Water Quality Reid (USEPA)
  Re-envisioning the National Hydrography Dataset Aichele (USGS)

M7: Making it Clear for the Public: Techniques in Data Communication, Part 2
Session M7 Abstracts

Moderator: Julie Vastine, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring @ Dickinson College
  Talk to Me: Generating Interest in Water Quality through Better Reportin Steiner (NH DES)
  Calculating Water Quality Indicator Scores for Ecosystem Health Report Cards Fries (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science)
  Volunteer Stream Monitoring Data for Everyone: Making Information Publicly Accessible to the Community Powers and Zawadzki (Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council)
  Where Are Our Wetlands and How Are They Doing? Marschack (CA WQMC)

M8: Short Course - Dissolved Organic Matter - What, Why, how

Organized by George Aiken, US Geological Survey

M9: Short Course - Water Quality Applications of R Statistical Software

Organized by Monty Porter, Oklahoma Water Resources Board

  Willamette Basin Rivers & Streams Assessment Borisenko (OR DEQ)
  South Carolina Ambient Surface Water Monitoring: Our Discovery of R Rabon and Chestnut (SC DHEC)

N1/O1: Strengthening Monitoring Programs through Nonprofit/Government Collaboration

Organized by Erick Burres, California Water Resources Control Board - Clean Water Team
  Implementing Web-based Digital Technologies for Volunteer Monitoring, Watershed Stewardship Organizations & Agencies Burres (SWCRB)

N2/O2: Workshop - Visualizing Geographically Referenced Data with Linked Micromaps

Organized by Michael G. McManus, US Environmental Protection Agency

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