2010 conference logoSeventh National Monitoring Conference - Monitoring From the Summit to the Sea

April 25-29, 2010, Denver, CO


Monitoring From the Summit to the Sea focused on the many facets of water quality and water quantity monitoring for improved understanding, protection, and restoration of our natural resources and communities. The conference provides a unique forum for water practitioners from all backgrounds - including governmental organizations, volunteers, academia, watershed and environmental groups and the private sector - to exchange information, develop skills, and foster collaboration and coordination. Presenters showcased new findings on the quality of the Nation's streams and groundwater, and highlighted recent innovations and cutting-edge tools in water-quality monitoring, assessment, and reporting. The location in Denver, Colorado provided a forum to showcase western water monitoring issues.

Highlights from the 7th Biennial National Conference


Conference Results

ES 2: Continuous Real-Time Monitoring Track: Plenary Seminar

Organized by Andy Ziegler (USGS)
  Continuous Real-time Water Quality Today and Tomorrow Andy Ziegler, USGS
  Historical perspectives - examples from Oregon Rounds (USGS)
  Tools for Coastal and Ocean Monitoring Tamburri (ACT)
  Overview of NEON Network and measuring reference conditions Powell (NEON)
  Closing Panel Discussion Notes Multiple

ES 3: Using NHD and State GIS Information to Improve National Aquatic Resource Survey Designs

Organized by Tony Olson (US EPA)
  How NHD & NHDPlus are Used in NARS McKay (Horizon Systems Corporation)
  Integrating State and National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Sample Frames Olsen (US EPA)

ES 4: Guidelines for Design, Sampling, and Interpretation for Cyanobacterial Toxin and Taste-and-Odor Studies in Lakes and Reservoirs

Organized by Jennifer Graham and Keith Loftin, USGS
  For materials presented during this session, please visit the USGS Algal Toxin Research Team webpage at: http://ks.water.usgs.gov/studies/qw/cyanobacteria/
Rosen (USGS), Graham (USGS), Loftin (USGS), St. Amand (Phycotech, Inc.)

ES 5: Building a Case for Causes of Biological Impairment

Organized by Susan Cormier, US EPA
  Session Agenda  
  Introduction to Stressor Identification & CADDIS (Casual Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System)  
  How Casual Assessments Fit Into the Big Picture and the Importance of Connecting Different Types of Environmental Assessments  
  Willimantic River Application  
  Identifying Probable Causes  
  Analysis & Interpretation of Evidence  

A1: Continuous Real-Time Monitoring: Operation and Data Evaluation

  Water Quality Monitors Have Improved! Bennett (USGS)
  Targeting Field Investigations with Continuous Water Quality Monitoring in the Bosque/Leon River Watersheds, TX Dvorsky (Texas CEQ)
  USGS Real-time Water-Quality Data on the Web in 2010 Garner (USGS)
  Value Engineering Study of USGS Continuous Water-Quality Monitor Data Collection and Processing Richards (USGS) and Ellison (YSI)

A2: Indices of Biotic Integrity for Wetlands

  The Development of Monitoring Methodologies and Indices of Biotic Integrity (IBIs) for North Carolina Wetlands Baker (NC DNR)
  Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity (VIBI) for Headwater Wetlands in Colorado Lemly (CSU)
  Development and Use of an Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity for Ohio Micacchion (OH EPA)
  Development and Use of the Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity for Ohio Wetlands Micacchion (OH EPA)

A3: Developing Nutrient Criteria 1

  Linking Nutrient Data from Reference Streams to Regional Dose-Response Studies Suplee (MT DEQ)
  Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria in Florida Vowell (Fla. DOF)

A4: Lessons Learned from National Assessments

  2007 National Lake Assessment: Wisconsin's Approach, Findings, and Opportunities Asplund (Wis. DNR)
  National Aquatic Resource Survey Core Indicators - Appropriate to Determining Arctic and Sub-Arctic Aquatic Ecosystem Status? Dasher (AK DEC)

A5: Strategies for Growing a Volunteer Monitoring Program

  Monitoring with Community Based Americorps Programs Donkersloot (NJ DEP)
  EPA's Volunteer Monitoring Equipment Loan Program in New England Faber (US EPA)
  Using Publicity and Community Outreach to Retain Citizen Stream Monitoring Volunteers Stepenuck (Univ. Wisconsin)
  Using eLearning to Support Water Quality Data Management Wilcox (Gold Systems, Inc.)

A6: Monitoring and Assessing Groundwater Vulnerability 1

  Groundwater Vulnerability - An Overview of Concepts and Assessment Methodologies Wireman (US EPA)

ES 6: Building Successful State, Regional, and Tribal Water Monitoring Councils, Part 1

Organized by Tracy Hancock, USGS, John Hummer, Great Lakes Commission, & Abby Markowitz, Condatus Consulting
  Building Successful State, Regional, and Tribal Water Monitoring Councils… Some Things to Think About (Markowitz)
  Maximizing the Effectiveness of Water Quality Data Collection & Dissemination (Marshack, California State Water Resources Control Board)
  Regional Differences for Councils (Colorado)
  Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council:A Council in Transition (Sloane/Wolfe, Florida DEP)
  Indiana’s Water Monitoring Council (Arthur, InWMC President)
  State and Regional Councils: Iowa Case Study (Skopec, Iowa DNR)
  The Maryland Water Monitoring Council: Furthering the Cause of Water Monitoring in Maryland (Boward, Maryland DNR)
  Points to Ponder when considering to go Non-Profit or Not (Horn, CO-DOW)

ES 7: Man vs. Stats


B1: Evaluation and Application of New Technologies for Real-time Monitoring


B2: Developing New Biological Assessment Tools

  Modeling Macroinvertebrate Multi-metric Index Scores in Connecticut's Rivers and Streams Using Landscape Variables - An Approach to Support Restoration Goals and Anti-degradation Policy Bellucci (CT DEP)
  A Stream Algal Bioassessment Incorporating the Biological Condition Gradient to Evaluate Tiered Aquatic Life Uses in Maine Danielson (ME DEP)
  A Benthic Invertebrate Index for the Nearshore Ocean Waters of New Jersey Schuster (NJ DEP))

B3: Developing Nutrient Criteria 2

  Development of Nutrient Criteria for Lakes and Reservoirs in Northern Plains States Deutschman (Houston Engineering, Inc.)
  A Linked Set of Nutrient and Biological Criteria for the Protection of Designated uses for Vermont Lakes and Wadeable Streams Kamman (VT DEC)
  Assessing Nutrient Impacts in New Jersey Waters McGeorge (NJ DEP)

B4: Monitoring the Effects of Development on Hydrology and Water Quality

  Trend Analysis for Selected Analytes, South Platte River, Denver, CO Novick (Denver DEH)

B5: Modeling Ecological Conditions

  Establishing Thermal Reference Conditions: Development of Stream Temperature Models in Support of Biological Monitoring and Assessment in the Western USA Hill (Utah State University)
  Predicting Environmental Reference Conditions in Streams from Watershed Geology Olson (Utah State University)

B6: Monitoring and Assessing Groundwater Vulnerability 2

  An Invaluable $25 Investment: Using Isotopes to Better Characterize the Groundwater Quality of the Gila Valley Sub-Basin, Southeastern Arizona Towne (AZ DEQ)

C1: Monitoring Stressors and Impacts to Lakes and Reservoirs

  Monitoring the Quality of Water, Sediment, and Aquatic Biota of Lake Powell through the National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey's Water Quality Assessment and Monitoring Program Hart (USGS)
  Measuring the Effects of Lakeshore Development on Littoral Habitat and Macroinvertebrates Merrell (VT DEC)
  Shorezone Water-Quality Monitoring Program for Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada Rowe (USGS)

C2: Monitoring for Stormwater Management Effectiveness

  Urban Stormwater BMP Performance and Cost Effectiveness in the Capitol Region Watershed District Baker (Capitol Region Watershed District, Saint Paul, MN)
  Monitoring Stormwater: Do's, Don'ts, Why's and How's Ballestero (Univ. New Hampshire)
  UDFCD Stormwater BMP Monitoring Program Piza (UDFCD, Denver, CO)
  Using Stormwater Ponds in East Tampa to Promote Sustainable, Healthy Communities: A Community Partnership Approach Trotz (Univ. South Florida)

C3: Interpreting Water Quality Data

  Data Uncertainty Estimation Tool for Hydrology and Water Quality (DUET-H/WQ): Estimating Measurement Uncertainty for Monitoring and Modeling Applications Harmel (USDA-ARS)
  Multivariate Methods with Nondetects Helsel (Practical Stats)
  Serial Correlation and Trend Option Basics in the Era of Frequent Data Measurements Irwin (NPS)
  Increasing Awareness, Understanding, and Availability of Statistical Methods for Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment McLaughlin (NCASI)

C4: Downstream Impacts from Mined Lands 1

  Impact of Historic Uranium Mining and Current Mine Development Operations on Water Resources in the Grand Canyon Region, Coconino and Mohave Counties, Arizona Bills (USGS)
  Collaborative Efforts to Characterize a Watershed Impacted by Abandoned Mines Using Multiple Sampling Techniques: A Case Study for Lefthand Creek Watershed, CO Conovitz (Integral Consulting Inc.)
  Characterization of Water Quality in a Hydrothermally Altered and Historically Mined Watershed, Warden Gulch, Colorado Oerter (CO Geological Survey)

C5: National Monitoring Network: Monitoring Water Quality from Inland to Coastal Ecosystems

  The National Water Quality Monitoring Network - Now and Into the Future Hamilton (USGS)
  Lake Michigan National Monitoring Network Demonstration Pilot - Preliminary Results and Future Plans Peters (USGS)
  San Francisco Bay Water Quality: Lessons Learned from Four Decades of USGS Observations Schraga (USGS)
  Progress of the Delaware River Basin Demonstration Project of the National Water Quality Monitoring Network Vowinkel (USGS)

C6: PAHs and Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealcoat: Stormwater Management, Toxicology, and Public Policy

  Coal-Tar Pavement Sealant Ban: Austin's Enforcement Experience Ennis
  Pavement Sealcoat, PAHs, and the Environment: An Introduction Mahler (USGS)
  Contribution of PAHs from Coal-Tar Pavement Sealcoat to 40 U.S. Lakes Evaluated Using Mass-Balance Receptor Modeling Van Metre (USGS)
  Low-Hanging Fruit in PAH Reduction: Developing and Implementing a Ban on Coal Tar Pavement Products in the District of Columbia Van Wye (District of Columbia Department of the Environment)
  PAHs and Parking Lots: A Field Study on PAHs Exported from Sealed and Unsealed Parking Lots at the UNH Stormwater Center Watts (Univ. New Hampshire)

ES8: Sensors Basics: Tools to Enhance the Quality and Comparability of Sensors Data for Continuous Real-Time Monitoring

Organized by Dan Sullivan, USGS
  Field Deployment Guide Sullivan (USGS) and Cook (YSI)
  Field Sensors: A Manufacturers' Perspective Sadar (Hach) and Windsor (In-Situ)

ES9: Defining the Relationship between Disturbance, Stressors and Biological Condition at State, Regional, and National Levels

Session 1: Emerging Applications of the Biological Condition Gradient (BCG)

  The Application of Tiered Aquatic Life Use (TALU) Principles in Developing a Biotic Index for Pennsylvania's Antidegradation Program Chalfant
  Emerging Applications of the Biological Condition Gradient (BCG): Moving Beyond BCG 101! Davies (ME DEP)
  Comparison of the EU Water Framework Directive and the Biological Condition Gradient Davis (US EPA) and Feld (University of Duisburg)
  Use of the BCG to Help Characterize the Quality of Reference Sites Jackson (US EPA)

Session 2: Biological Condition Gradient (BCG) Development and Calibration at State, Regional, and National Levels

  Development of Estuarine BCG - A Model for Multi-Scale BCG (Individual Habitat and Habitat Mosaic) Cicchetti (US EPA)

Session 3: Using Stressor-Response Relationships to Address Hydrological and Nutrient Issues

  Maine's Freshwater Nutrient Criteria Danielson (ME DEP)
  Using Stressor-Response Relationships to Derive Candidate Nutrient Criteria Yuan (US EPA)

Session 4: Using the Biological Condition Gradient (BCG) and Stressor-Response Information in an Urbanizing Setting

  Using the BCG in an Urbanizing Setting: Opportunities and Challenges from the State Perspective Davies (ME DEP)
  Using a Bayesian Network Approach to Model the Effects of Urbanization on the Condition of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Assemblages in the Northeast U.S. as Defined by the Biological Condition Gradient Kashuba (Duke University)
  Opportunities and Challenges to Using BCG and Stressor-Response Information in an Urbanizing Setting McMahon and Davies (ME DEP)

D1: Wetlands Condition Monitoring and Assessment

  Forging the Link Between Wetland Monitoring & Assessment and "Traditional" Water Monitoring Programs Davis & Henicheck (VA DEQ)
  Applying Tiered Aquatic Life Uses and the Biological Condition Gradient Model to Maine Wetlands DiFranco (ME DEP)
  Comparison of Three Tiered Wetland Assessment Methods for Use on Wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region Hargiss (North Dakota State Univ.)
  Developing a Level 1-2-3 Approach to Wetland Assessment and Monitoring in Montana Newlon (Montana Natural Heritage Program)

D2: New Tools and Approaches in Data Analysis and Reporting

  H2O Info - A Web-Based Citizen's Tool for Turning Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring Data Info Information Benedict (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District)
  Design and Compilation of a Water Resources Geodatabase for the Rio Grande Basin - San Acacia, New Mexico to Fort Quitman, Texas Burley (USGS)
  Water Quality Report Card Kimball (MA DEP)
  Outreach Tools for Obtaining Park Vital Sign Monitoring Data Long (NPS)

D3: Elements of a Long-Term National Ground-Water Monitoring Network and a State-Scale Example

  An Example of Using Baseline, Surveillance, Unstressed, and Targeted Monitoring in the Evaluation of Changing Conditions of Ground-Water Quantity and Quality Copeland (FL DEP)
  Lessons Learned: Florida's Status and Trend Surface and Ground Water Monitoring Programs Sloane and Copeland (FL DEP)
  Challenges for Long-Term Implementation of a National Groundwater Monitoring Network Schreiber (Camp Dresser & McKee)

D4: Downstream Impacts from Mined Lands 2

  Assessment of Nonpoint Source Chemical Loading Potential to Watersheds Containing Uranium Waste Dumps Associated with Uranium Exploration and Mining, San Rafael Swell, Utah Freeman (USGS)
  Influence of Dissolved Organic Matter in Determining Aquatic Copper Toxicity in Iron-Rich Environments Smith (USGS)
  Phas I- Jordan River, Utah, Riparian Restoration for the Midvale Slag Superfund Site Waterman (US EPA)

D5: Effective Communication Leads to Action

  Getting the Message Out: Communicating Water Science Capelli (USGS)
  Peer-reviewed Papers to Podcasts and Beyond: Disseminating the Findings from a Long-term Monitoring Study Flinders (NCASI)
  "SWAPS" - Effective Information Exchange at the Watershed Level Horn (CO Division of Wildlife)
  It Makes Perfect Sense to Me, Why Can't They Understand? Conveying Technical Information to a Non-technical Audience Stanley (City of Northglenn, CO)

D6: Pharmaceuticals and Other Emerging Contaminants Above and Below the Water's Surface

  Occurrence of EDC/PPCPs in Arizona Waters and Impact of Recreational Activities Chiu (AZ State University)

E1: Continuous Real-time monitoring: Applications in Lakes and Estuaries

  Real-time Lake and Reservoir Meteorological and Vertical Water-Quality Monitoring Green (USGS)
  Real-Time Monitoring in the Fraser River Estuary, B.C. McDonald (Env. CA)
  Monitoring the Spatially and Temporally Variable Great Lakes Nearshore Using Continously Towed Instrumentation Warren (US EPA)

E2: Monitoring BMP Effectiveness

  Demonstrating Success in the Beaty Creek Watershed: Benefits of Continuous Flow-Weighted Data and Paired Watershed Monitoring Day (OK Conservation Commission)
  The USDA Forest Service's National Best Management Practice Program:
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Edwards (USFS)
  High Level Indicators of Oregon's Forested Streams Hubler (OR DEQ)
  The Good, the Bad and Everything in Between: Evaluating Water Quality Indices and Their Use in Monitoring Agricultural BMPs and Aquatic Ecosystem Health in a Southern Alberta River Scott (University of Alberta)

E3: Integrating Probabilistic and Targeted Monitoring

  An Approach for Combining Targeted Diagnostic Monitoring and Probabilistic Ecological Monitoring to Assess the Extent of Impairment in California Streams Hunt (Univ. California, Davis)
  Assessment Results from Probabilistic Sampling of Wisconsin's Streams Miller (WI DNR)
  Notes on a Method for Integrated Biological and Water Quality Stream Surveys Miltner (OH EPA)
  Use of Biological Monitoring Results at Multiple Spatial Scales: Site Specific to Area Wide Stribling (Tetra Tech, Inc.)

E4: Modeling at a Regional Scale

  Sources of Suspended Sediment in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Regional Application of the SPARROW Model Brakebill (USGS)
  Analyzing SPARROW Data to Quantify Changes in Salt Load from Irrigation James (USDA - NRCS)
  Upper Gera Watershed (Germany) - Areal Assessment of Water-Quality Monitoring and Associated Model Application Wetzel (Friedrich-Schiller-University, Germany)

E5: Volunteers and State Agencies: Collaborating for Better Decisions

  The Evolution of Virginia Volunteer Water Monitoring Programs: From Public Engagement to Influencing Policy French (Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay)
  Developing Volunteer Monitoring Programs to Support State Agency Restoration Efforts North (Delaware Nature Society)
  Uses of Missouri Stream Team Data Riggert (MO Deptartment of Conservation)

E6: Contamination Effects on Aquatic Ecosystem Health 1

  Monitoring for Current-Use Pesticides in Amphibians and the Water and Sediment in Their Habitat Battaglin (USGS)
  Patterns of Fish and Macroinvertebrate Communities Exposed to Pulp and Paper Mill Effluent in Four US Receiving Streams Flinders (NCASI)
  Identifying Sources of Toxicity to Hyalella in the Santa Margarita Watershed Rich (MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc.)

ES 10: Emerging New Approaches to Water Quality Trend Analysis

Organized by Robert Hirsch, USGS
  A New Approach to Analysis of Large and Long-Duration Surface Water Quality Data Sets Hirsch (USGS)

F1: Continuous Real-time monitoring: Applications in Rivers and Streams


F2: Regional Scale Wetlands Monitoring and Assessment

  Probability-Based Sample Designs for Wetland Condition Assessment: Lessons Learned from Real-World Applications in the Rocky Mountains Lemly (CO Natural Heritage Program)
  Toward a Mid-Atlantic Regional Wetlands Condition Assessment Miller (Pennsylvania State Univ.)
  Establishing a Wetlands Monitoring Program in North Carolina with Emphasis on a Piedmont Watershed and a Coastal Plain Watershed Savage (NC DENR)
  Gulf of Mexico Coastal Wetlands: A Regional Assessment Perspective Scozzafava (US EPA)

F3: Water Quality Exchanges Improve Data Access and Sharing

  The Ocean Data Partnership Exchange Network (ODPX): Building a Consensus-Based System for Discovery, Accessibility, and Interoperability of Diverse Water Data in the Northeast US and Canada Currier (NH DES)
  New Jersey's Ambient Water Quality Data Exchange System Morton (NJ DEP)
  Water Quality Data Management and Exchange Among Tribes through a Tribal Consortium Odum (Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission)

F4: Using Probabilistic Monitoring to Support State and Tribal Programs

  Probabilistic Monitoring on Arizona Streams Jones (AZ DEQ)
  Probabilistic Wadeable Streams Survey in Puerto Rico Kurtenbach (US EPA)
  Texas' Contributions to the National Probabilistic Surveys and Future Direction of the State's Biological Monitoring Program Rogers (TX CEQ)

F5: Innovation and Longevity in Volunteer Monitoring Programs

  Success Stories: the Northeast's Long-Term Lake Volunteer Monitoring Programs Green (Univ. Rhode Island)
  River Watch's Evolution Over the Past 20 Years Tolan (Colorado River Watch)
  Volunteer Monitoring: A Sound Investment Vastine (Dickinson College)
  Using Volunteers to Collect Ground Water Information: Examples from New Hampshire Wunsch (NH Geological Survey)

F6: Contaminant Effects on Aquatic Ecosystem Health 2

  Diagnostic Tools to Evaluate Impacts of Trace Organic Compounds on Aquatic Populations and Communities Diamond (Tetra Tech, Inc.)
  Sediment Toxicity Testing: (1) Contaminants of Emerging Concern and (2) Methods for Conducting Exposures With Early Life Stages of Freshwater Mussels Ingersoll (USGS)

G1: Continuous Real-time monitoring: Regulatory Perspectives

  Working Together: Updates on Measurement, Monitoring, and Laboratory Science Issues Autry (US EPA)
  Automation of Hydrodynamic Model of the Tidal Delaware River for Rapid Assessment of Spill Impacts on Water Intakes Limbeck (DRBC)
  Effectively Managing Water Resources by the Use of Near Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring in Partnership with Industry Paterson (Env. CA)
  Water Temperature: How to measure and Interpret the Data Russell (L/E WWTP)

G2: Biological Monitoring with Volunteers

  Invasive Species Monitoring Approaches for Volunteer Programs Herron (URI)
  Utilization of Large Scale Rapid Screening with Marine Plankton Toxicity Tests by a Citizen Monitoring Group Hohn (San Diego Coastkeeper)
  Georgia Adopt-A-Stream's Amphibian Monitoring Program Muenz and Hughes (Ga. EPA)
  Utilizing Volunteers for Big-River Biological Monitoring Meier (Mo. DOC)

G3: Watershed Scale Protection and Restoration Assessments

  Assessing Wetland Wildlife Habitat Acquisition and Restoration Opportunities at the Watershed Scale: Milwaukee River Basin, WI Bernthal (WIDNR)
  A Technical Guide for Identifying and Protecting Healthy Watersheds Gabanski (US EPA) and Godfrey (The Cadmus Group)
  Recovery Potential Screening for Prioritizing Restoration in Maryland Watersheds Norton (US EPA)

G4: Examining Nutrient Processing at Multiple Scales

G5: Results and Importance of Comparability Studies

  A Comparison of Assessment Outcomes Based on Macroinvertebrate Condition Indices from the New England Region Using National Wadeable Stream Assessment Probability Sites Neils (NH DES)
  Evaluation of the Lake Macroinvertebrate Integrity Index (LMII) and Alternate Indices for Eastern US Lakes and Reservoirs North (Dynamac Corp co/US EPA)
  Comparability of EMAP and Arizona DEQ Macroinvertebrate and Habitat Methods of Data Collection Spindler (AZ DEQ)
  Assessing Aquatic Life Use Support on a Great River Tennant (ORSANCO)

G6: Evaluating Contaminant Trends in Surface-Water Quality: Streams and Rivers

  A Quarter Century of Declining Suspended Sediment Fluxes in the Mississippi River Hughes (USGS)

Water-Quality Data-Assessment of Long-Term Time Trends, Weser River Basin, Germany - A Case Study
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Steele (TDS Consulting, Inc.)
  Temporal and Spatial Trends of Pharmaceuticals in the Rhine Stoks (Assoc. of Rhine River Water Works, Netherlands)
  Trends in Pesticide Concentrations in Corn-Belt Streams, 1996-2006 Vecchia (USGS)

ES 11: Data Flow Through the Monitoring Framework, Part 3 - USGS Data from the Lab to the Public

Organized by Dave Mueller, USGS
  USGS Data & Reports: From the Lab to the Public Lewis (USGS) and Walton-Day (USGS)
  USGS Tour of the NWQMC Monitoring Framework - Data Flow from the Lab to the Public - Websites  

H1: Statewide Bioassessment

  California's Sophisticated State Bioassessment Program and the Challenge of Translating its Tools into a Successful Citizen Monitoring Program Harrington (CA DFG)
  The Maryland Biological Stream Survey: Evolution of a Probability-Based Monitoring Program Klauda (MD DNR)
  Integrating Water Resource Monitoring Data from Diverse Sources: The Willamette Basin (Oregon) Rivers and Streams Assessment Mulvey (OR DEQ)

H2: Your Stream Overfloweth: Case Studies in Monitoring Stormwater Quality

  Sediment Transport from Urban, Urbanizing, and Rural Areas in Johnson County, Kansas, 2006-08 Lee (USGS)
  Local Urban Stormwater Monitoring, Results, and Implications for Future Management Loyas (Capitol Region Watershed District, Saint Paul, MN)

H3: Using Data Sharing as a Pathway to Collaboration

  Use of a Wiki Portal for Watershed Management: An Integrated Approach Chennapragada (San Diego Coastkeeper)
  Environmental Visualization Tools Grosso (SFEI)
  USGS-Pakistan Science and Technology Exchange - Creation of a Water Resources Data System for Pakistan Williamson (USGS)

H4: Monitoring Network Design: Implementing Large Scale Solutions

  Longitudinal Spatial Patterns in Riverine Ecological Indicators in the Pacific Northwest; Implications for River Survey Design Herlihy (Oregon State University)
  Pennsylvania's Monongahela River Basin Conductivity Monitoring Network Shaw (PA DEP)
  New Zealand's National Rivers Water Quality Network (NRWQN) - 21 Years Old and Still Going Strong Smith (NY City DEP) (retired)
  Regional Ambient Fish Tissue Monitoring Program Webb (US EPA)

H5: Harmful Algal Blooms and Cyantoxins: How (Blue) Green is My Water?

  Recreational Exposure to Microcystins During Algal Blooms in Small Lakes Backer (NCEH, CDC)
  Developing a Harmful Algal Bloom Integrated Observing System for the Gulf of Mexico Jochens (Texas A&M University)

Monitoring to Determine Geosmin Sources and Concentrations in a Northern Colorado Reservoir
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Oropeza (City of Fort Collins Utilities, CO)
  Microcystin and Task and Odor Compound Occurrence, Fate and Transport in Central Indiana Surface Waters Tedesco (Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences)

H6: Evaluating Contaminant Trends in Lakes and Reservoirs Using Sediment Cores

  Zinc and Copper Isotopes as Tracers of Anthropogenic Contamination in Lake Sediments Borrock (University of Texas at El Paso)
  Application of Paleolimnology to a Large River to Reconstruct Metal and Organic Contaminant Inputs Desmet (ENTPE, France)

ES 12: Science-Based Environmental Report Cards and Indicators from the Watershed to the National Scale

Organized by Tracy Hancock, USGS
  Motivations for Water Indicators: You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure Hirsch (USGS)
  EPA's Report on the Environment, Strategic Plan & Performance Report Holdsworth (US EPA)
  Indicator Integration for National Water Quality Information: A State Perspective McGeorge (NJ DEP)
  What's Going on in Canada, Eh? Murray (ESSA Technologies, Ltd.)
  Multi-Scale Report Cards Shilling (Univ. California, Davis)
  Science-Based Environmental Report Cards and Indicators from the Watershed to the National Scale Skopec (IA DNR)

I1: Biological Assessments - Survey Design and Sampling Considerations

  Applying non-linear (fuzzy) classification rules for grouping streams with similar biological potential in Colorado Jessup (Tetra Tech)
  Monitoring Water Quality at the Epicenter of Aquatic Biodiversity Leslie (AL DEM)
  South Carolina's Integrated Indices Approach for Assessing Water Quality, Sediment Quality and Biotic Condition and Its Uses by Resource Managers VanDolah (SC DNR)

I2: Tracking What Flows Downhill: Microbial Source Tracking

  Occurrence and Sources of Escherichia coli in Metropolitan St. Louis Streams, October 2004 through September 2007 Davis (USGS)
  A Multifaceted Approach to Microbial Source Tracking Within the Natural Environment Monroe (Tetra Tech, Inc.)
  New Jersey's Application of Microbial Source Tracking Techniques in Recreational Waters Schuster (NJ DEP)
  Semi-quantitative Evaluation of Fecal Contamination by Human, Ruminant, and Alternate Sources in Upper Fountain Creek, Colorado Stoeckel (Don Stoeckel Environmental)

I3: 21st Century Technical Tools for Water Quality Assessments

  Better Monitoring Program Management through the ATTAINS System Kovatch (US EPA)
  Ecosystem Services Monitoring and Valuation for Better Environmental Decision-making McDonald (US EPA)
  Where's the Data? Improvements in Access to USGS Water Data Stoker (USGS)
  Data Management, Integration and Sharing at the State and Regional Level Wilcox (Gold Systems, Inc.)

I4: Integrated Land-to-Sea Assessments Based on Multiple Networks

  A Preliminary Evaluation of Trinity River Sediment and Nutrient Loads into Galveston Bay, Texas, During Two Periods of High Flow Lee (USGS)
  Using Multiple Lines of Information to Develop Eelgrass-based Nutrient Criteria for New Hampshire's Great Bay Estuary Morrison (NERACOOS, NH)
  Combining Monitoring Programs Observations with Models to Characterize Water Quality Variability and the Role of Nitrogen Loading: Informing Management of Narragansett Bay Walker (US EPA)

I5: Contaminants in Groundwater

  Virus Concentrations in Non-Disinfected Groundwater Used for Drinking: Association with Community Rates of Acute Gastrointestinal Illness Borchardt (Marchfield Clinic Research Foundation, WI)
  Distribution of Naturally-Occurring Perchlorate in Groundwater in the Southwestern US Fram (USGS)
  Natural Contamination of Domestic Wells in Rural Northern Nevada Seiler (USGS)

I6: Prioritization of Chemicals for New Methods Development

  Disinfection By-Products: Research Plans of the United States Geological Survey Hladik (USGS)
  Prioritization of High-Production-Volume Chemicals for Assessing Water Resources Zogorski (USGS)

ES 13: Is Your Monitoring Program Producing Measurable Results and How Do You Know?


ES 14: The National Lakes Assessment - Just How good are the Nation's Lakes and Reservoirs - Technical Underpinnings of the NLA and Applications for Statewide Lakes Surveys

Organized by Neil Kamman, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  Finding the State and Regional Story in the National Lakes Assessment Data Kiddon (US EPA) and Walker (US EPA)
  Modeling the "Appeal" of Northeast Lakes Milstead (US EPA)

J1: Coastal and Estuarine Assessments

  Water Quality Status of the Nation's Coasts: Incorporating the Nearshore Great Lakes into the National Coastal Condition Assessment Grayson (US EPA)
  Regional Assessment of Sediment Contamination from Marshes to the Continental Shelf: Results of the Western Component of the U.S. EPA National Coastal Assessment Nelson (US EPA)

J2: Development of Reference Condition for Different Purposes and at Different Scales

  Landscape Assessment and Predictive Tools: Methods Guidance for Monitoring, Assessment, and Other Clean Water Act Programs Harrison (US EPA)
  Large River Bioassessment: Challenges and Approaches Used for the Delaware River Limbeck (DRBC)
  Selecting Reference Sites Across Ecoregions: The Rocky Mountain ReMAP Vance (MT NHP)

J3: Integrating Water Quality Indicators to Support Monitoring and Assessment Decisions

  Effective Integrated Physical, Chemical, and Biological Aquatic Monitoring in the Pacific Island National Parks Farahi (NPS)
  Susquehanna River Basin Commission's Environmental Review of Water Withdrawals: Integrating Water Quality, Biological, and Habitat Information into Water Quantity Decision Making Hoffman (Susquehanna River Basin Commission)
  Integrated Sampling on the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers; Two Components of the Great River Ecosystem in the Central Basin Spear (PA DEP)

J4: Overcoming Barriers to Monitoring Collaboration and Partnerships

  Collaborative Interagency Efforts in Sampling, Analyzing, and Developing Models for Arsenic and Methyl Mercury Levels in Florida Muldoon and Copeland (FL DEP)
  A Cooperative Bi-National Approach to Monitoring the St. Marys River Great Lakes Connecting Channel Kohlhepp (MI DNRE)
  Partnership Approach to Optimization of the Chesapeake Bay Program's Bay and Basin Water Quality Monitoring Program 2007-09: Process Review, Lessons Learned Tango (USGS)

J5: Evaluating Contaminant Trends in Groundwater Quality

J6: Endocrine Disrupting Compunds - Identification, Sources, and Effects

K1: Water Quality Monitoring in Coastal and Marine Environments
  Benefits of Integrated Physical, Chemical, and Biological Marine Monitoring in Pacific Island National Parks Jones (NPS)
  Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Long Island Sound Water Quality Monitoring Program: What Are We Missing, a Comparison of Monthly Survey Data and Data from a Special 72 Hour Survey Lyman (CT DEP)
  Combining Routine Monitoring and Research to Understand Estuarine Biogeochemistry Sharp (University of Delaware)
  Monitoring in the Ahupua'a Tomlinson (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

K2: Geospatial Assessments of Water Quality

  Water Clarity Monitoring of Wisconsin Lakes via Remote Sensing Greb (WI DNR)
  Applying the National Hydrography Dataset Plus (NHDPlus) to Water Quality Assessments McKay (Horizon Systems Corporation, INc.)
  Using GIS to Analyze the Environmental Impacts of Mining on Water Resources in the State of West Virginia Merem (Jackson State University)
  National Assessment of Impaired Waters Within or Near US Fish and Wildlife Service Properties Norton (US EPA)

K3: Modeling of Nutrient Transport and Loadings

  Allocation of Nutrient Inputs to the Laurentian Great Lakes by Source and River Basin Using SPARROW Models Robertson (USGS)

K4: Monitoring Partnerships: Promoting Water Resource Stewardship and Protection

  Partnering to Support Monitoring Programs Greenberg (Stony-Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, NJ)
  15 Years of Monitoring Water Quality Across Southcentral Alaska Through the Citizens' Environmental Monitoring Program Partnership Lord (Cook Inletkeeper, Homer, AK)

K5: Transport and Distribution of Mercury through Aquatic Ecosystems

  Effects of Forest Type and Fire on Mercury Deposition in Boreal Ecosystems Kolka (US FS)
  Increased Atmospheric Mercury Deposition near Major Urban Areas Van Metre (USGS)

K6: Agrochemical Monitoring

  Monitoring Colorado's Groundwater for Agricultural Chemicals and Long-Term Contamination Trends Mauch (CO Department of Agriculture)

ES 15: Working With Watershed Tools and Data to Get (and Show) Results


ES 16: National Aquatic Resource Surveys: Transferring Technical Tools and Approaches


L1: Monitoring Hydrology: A Critical Consideration for the Interpretation of Water Quality and Biological Assessment Data

  Confounding Factors and Lessons Learned: Monitoring the Hydrology of Headwater Streams of the Gulf Coastal Plain Brown (Louisiana State University)
  Monitoring Tidal Water Elevation and Water Quality in Four Embayments of Long Island Sound, New York to Assess Tidal Wetland Loss Cartwright (USGS)
  Nutrient Sampling, Concentrations, and Corresponding Loads During the Historic June 2008 Flooding in Eastern Iowa Hubbard (USGS)
  Century-Scale Trends in Flood Peak Discharges in the United States Ryberg (USGS)

L2: Climate Change: Monitoring Impacts on Water Quality and Quantity

  Red River Valley Tile Drain Water Quality Assessment: A Study of Water Quality on Saline Soils Johnson (North Dakota State University)
  An Exploratory Evaluation of the Effects of Climate Change on the Water Quality of the South Platte River in Denver, Colorado Novick (Denver DEH)
  Monitoring Approaches Adapted by Southwest Usa Tribal and Municipal Water Providers to Address Water Supply Challenges Associated with Drought and Climate Change Sagstad (Civil & Environmental Consultants) and Patton (Rural Community Assistance Corporation)
  Ecological Monitoring Strategies for Freshwater Systems in Alaska's National Parks Shearer (NPS)

L3: Linking Sources and Stressors to Water Quality

  Assessing Ecological Conditions of U.S. Coastal Ocean Waters: Expansion of EMAP from Estuaries to the Offshore Environment Hyland (NOAA)
  Assessing the Condition of Streams in the San Gabriel River Watershed (California): Integration of Multiple Indicators Johnson (Aquatic Bioassay and Consulting Laboratories)
  Problems and Prospects of the Application of Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) Model for the Identification of Nonpoint Source Pollution "Hotspots" in a Flat Coastal Agricultural Watershed in Humid Tropics Poudel (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

L4: Unique Collaborative Approaches for Successful Outcomes


The Collective Action Continuum: Identifying Critical Elements for Environmental Improvement
* Presentation

Biddle (George Mason University)
  Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Database: Beyond the Data Hughes (GA DNR)
  Development of Comprehensive Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Education and Support in Response to Agency-directed Targeted Watershed Improvements: Lessons Learned Rock (University of Arizona)
  From Citizen Science to Volunteer Monitoring: Seeking Hydridization of Disparate Models for More Meaningful Public Engagement in Environmental Monitoring Wilderman (Dickinson College)

L5: Biomagnification of Mercury Through Food Webs

  Contaminants in Sport Fish of California Lakes and Reservoirs Connor (CA SWRCB)
  Assessing Impairment of Tomales Bay Due to Mercury Ridolfi (SFEI)
  Mercury in National Park Units of the Western Great Lakes Region: Assessing Bioaccumulation in Aquatic Food Webs Wiener (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse)

L6: Contaminant Threats to Drinking Water

  EPA's Third Contaminant Candidate List - Evaluating Unregulated Drinking Water Contaminants Carpenter (US EPA)
Poster Session  
  An Integrated List of Data Elements: Unifying Concepts in Action (* manuscript *) Katznelson (UC-Berkeley Extension)

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