Monitoring for the Millennium

The Track Meet
a road map to the conference

This conference is organized into 6 thematic tracks that correspond to the National Council’s 6 permanent goal groups.  Sessions under tracks A, B, and C will be held on Tuesday, April 25, while sessions related to tracks D, E, and F will be held on Wednesday, April 26.  The table below, identifies the tracks and provides a brief goal statement for each.

Each track will also have a 90-minute facilitated discussion session where conference participants are invited to share their ideas and help explore issues.  The discussion sessions will provide the conference participants with a forum for discussing issues and exploring ways that we can move each of these goals into the next millennium.  On the back of this page is a road map and schedule for getting around the tracks on each day of the conference.

On Thursday morning, we will all gather for the conference’s closing session which will consist of a report-back from each track as well as an open give-and-take discussion.  Your active participation in this process is what will make this conference a success!




Public Awareness and Stakeholder Outreach



Institutional Collaboration




Data Management



Water Information Strategies



Methods and Data Comparability



Monitoring Interactions Among Watershed Components












...explore efforts throughout the country to heighten public awareness of, and to increase public involvement in, water resource monitoring


...promote partnerships that foster collaboration among the water monitoring  community


...improve the management and

accessibility of water resource monitoring data through state of the art technologies and efforts to increase data sharing, public access and utility


...examine how we can enhance the accountability of water quality monitoring to produce information that supports water quality management needs


...evaluate the impact of PBMS on the generation and evaluation of monitoring information; assess the ability to allow rapid communication and comparison of critical methods and related parameters; and present information on proven uses of measurement methods


...promote consistent and scientifically defensible basis and criteria for monitoring the quality of ground water, and for demonstrating how the interaction of this resource with other components of the watershed can impact the ecological integrity of the entire system

Getting around the Tracks...

The final conference agenda will tell you about the specific content of each session and workshop.  The road map below provides an overview of the conference layout.  You may hear sessions referred to by a number and letter — for example, session “2B.”  This ID gives the session time slot (Concurrent Session 2, Tuesday, 1:00 - 2:30) and the Track (B, Institutional Collaboration).  Session 2B is Collaborative Watershed Monitoring and Management Projects.  This road map also provides some guidance about the primary connections between Tracks and workshops, but keep in mind several of the workshops fit well in several Tracks.


Tuesday, April 25, 2000


Concurrent Session


Track A:

Public Awareness and Stakeholder Outreach


Track B:

Institutional Collaboration


Track C:

Data Management





10:30 - 12:00


Student Stewardship: School-based Monitoring Programs


Collaborative Non Point Source (NPS) Projects


Web-Based Tools


Workshop 1:

Source Water Monitoring: The Use of all Available Monitoring Data in Source Water Evaluations

(Track F)


Workshop 2:

Communicating Monitoring Results that People Can Understand

(Track A)



1:00 - 2:30


Building Public Awareness While Collecting Data: Volunteer Monitoring Programs


Collaborative Watershed Monitoring and Management Projects


Innovative Data Management Systems


Workshop 3:

Performance Based Monitoring Systems (PBMS) in Ambient & Compliance Monitoring

— double session —

(Track E)


Workshop 4:

Strategies for Establishing Water Quality Information Systems: Goal-Oriented Monitoring Systems

— double session —

(Track D)



3:00 - 4:30


Stakeholder Outreach: Volunteer Monitoring, Community Action and Restoration


Collaborative Marine-based Monitoring Projects


Data Management on the National Scale


4:45 - 6:15


Track A



Track B



Track C






Wednesday, April 26, 2000


Concurrent Session


Track D:

Water Information Strategies


Track E:

Methods and Data Comparability


Track F:

Monitoring Interactions Among Watershed Components





8:30 - 10:00


Quantifying Information Goals for Monitoring Programs


General and Inorganic Methods


Watershed Monitoring Plans


Workshop 5:

Coordinating Water Quality Monitoring:  Lessons Learned

(Track B)


Workshop 6:

Volunteer Monitoring: Moving into the Mainstream

(Track A)



10:30 - 12:00


Defining an Adequate State Monitoring Program


Biological Methods


Influences of Land Use on the Quality of Watersheds


Workshop 7:

How to Get the Most Out of Water Quality Data: Using Common Data Elements

(Tracks C, D & E)

— double session —


Workshop 8:

Answering the Critical Questions in the New Millennium: Statistical Survey Design for Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring Network

— double session —

(Track D)



1:00 - 3:00


Data Analysis and Interpretation to Meet Information Goals


Organic Methods


Methodologies for Depicting Interaction Between Watershed Components


3:30 - 5:00


Track D



Track E



Track F




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