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  Delivering Timely Water Quality Information to Your Community: The Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Project (114 pp, 4.49 MB) (EPA/625/R-01/005) September 2001

EPA’s National Risk Management Laboratory, in conjunction with Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Environmental and Development Control Department, has developed a handbook to provide state and local governments with the steps needed to design, employ, and maintain water quality monitoring, data delivery, and communications systems. The handbook provides instructions for:

  • Designing, installing, operating, and maintaining a remote water sample collection unit
  • Obtaining, processing, interpreting, and managing satellite data
  • Using satellite imagery for monitoring water quality
  • Developing an outreach plan to communicate information about real-time water quality to the public

This handbook was developed for EPA's Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) program. The program takes advantage of both remote sampling and remote sensing (satellite) data to provide water quality information to Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, in near real-time. EMPACT is working with the 86 largest metropolitan areas of the country to help communities:

  • Collect, manage, and distribute time-relevant environmental information
  • Provide residents with easy-to-understand information that can be used in making informed day-to-day decisions


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