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Delivering Timely Water Quality Information to Your Community, The Chesapeake Bay and National Aquarium in Baltimore EMPACT Projects (102 pp, 4.68 MB) (EPA/625/R-02/018) September 2002

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EPA’s Technology Transfer and Support Division, in conjunction with a multi-agency Chesapeake Bay project team, developed this handbook to provide state and local governments and others the steps for designing, using, and maintaining water quality monitoring, data management, delivery, and communications systems.

The handbook is based on the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking, and Fort McHenry Tidal Wetland Restoration projects. It includes information on lessons learned and success stories associated with similar projects, and sections on interpreting and communicating the significance of the resultant water quality and restoration data.

Project objectives were to:

  • Record chemical and physical data that will provide an understanding of the environmental factors that contribute to the occurrence of harmful algal blooms and low dissolved oxygen occurrences in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays
  • Provide timely in situ data to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that supplement state efforts for Pfiesteria surveillance monitoring and submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) restoration
  • Use timely high-frequency data along with weekly measurements to classify physical conditions and time frames over which physical processes occur. Identification of recurring events and their associated physical conditions could then be used for the development of future monitoring schemes to optimize recognition of any signals, impacts, or events in the tributaries.
  • Provide comprehensive assessments of technical environmental data in an easy-to-understand format that will increase the public's understanding of factors contributing to the frequency of toxic outbreaks of Pfiesteria and Pfiesteria-like organisms, fish kills, low dissolved oxygen, and the loss of SAV habitat


Scott Minamyer


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