NCA Quality Assurance Project Plan 2001-2004
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP)
National Coastal Assessment
Quality Assurance Project Plan 2001-2004
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2001. Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Gulf Ecology Division, Gulf Breeze, FL. EPA/620/R-01/002
The U.S. EPA's Coastal 2000 is a five-year effort led by EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) to evaluate the assessment methods it has developed to advance the science of ecosystem condition monitoring. This program will survey the condition of the Nation's coastal resources (estuaries and offshore waters) by creating an integrated, comprehensive coastal monitoring program among states to assess coastal ecological condition. Coastal 2000 is being organized and managed by the U.S. EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory's Gulf Ecology Division in Gulf Breeze, FL.
This Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) was prepared in accord with the guidelines presented in EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project Plans for Environmental Data Operations (EPA QA/R-5), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Quality Management Staff (US EPA, 1993). According to the type of work to be preformed and the intended use of the data, four categories have been defined that vary the level of detail and rigor prescribed for a particular QAPP. This document was prepared for a Category II Project: Complementary Support to Rulemaking, Regulation, or Policy Decisions. Such projects are of sufficient scope and substance that their results could be combined with those from other projects of similar scope to provide the necessary information for decisions.