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- EPA Main Page: The national page for EPA includes environmental information, tips, news, contact information, a great A-Z index with links for teachers and students, and much more!
- EPA Region 2 Main Page: Home to EPA for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Many helpful links and highlighted issues as well as contact information
- A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change: Features a climate change video, activities, resources, and an emissions calculator. Geared mainly towards middle and high school age.
- EPA Science & Technology: Information and links for current and emerging technologies for clean air, water, and land.
- MyEnvironment: Great site that gathers data from EPA and other resources in an easily used platform for your area code – includes MyWater, MyAir, MyHealth, MyEnergy and MyCommunity.
- Green Apps: My Green Apps, your destination for over 290 apps to help you understand and protect the environment
- EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades t address significant ecosystem problems and the efforts to address them.
- EPA CLP Field Samplers Guide: Provides information for those who plan and conduct environmental sample collection projects for the Superfund Program
- National Environmental Methods Index (NEMI): a searchable collection of environmental analysis methods, with detailed information on sensitivity, cost, “green” index and much more.
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Main Page: The state’s main page for environmental information, news, contacts, press releases, online newsletters and more!
- Land and Waters Page: An astonishing wealth of land and water resources
- NYSDEC Guidance and Policy Documents: Available to the public to inform both the regulated community and interested citizens of the best methods for compliance, and of the interpretations that form the basis of DEC enforcement.
- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Main Page: The state’s main page for environmental information, news, contacts, citizen and educational links and more!
- NJDEP Field Sampling Procedures Manual: Technical guidance associated with procedures and equipment utilized for the collection of environmental samples for public and privates entities.
- EPA Basic Air Information Page: Introduction to air pollution
- EPA Air Pollutants Page: Information about specific air pollutants
- EPA Air Toxics Page: Basic introduction to air toxics
- EPA Quality Assurance Guidance Documents for Air Monitoring: EPA Ambient Monitoring Technology Information Center on Air Pollution Measurement Systems
- NYSDEC Air Quality Monitoring Page: Ambient air quality reports providing data and interpretations to the technical community and the public
- NYSDEC Community Air Screen Program: A program for community groups and citizens to partner with DEC to collect local-scale air samples
- NYSDEC Air Sampling Instructions video: Two DEC employees demonstrate how take an air sample using an air canister
- AirNow: Provides the public with easy access to national air quality information that includes air quality index forecasts and conditions
- EPA Headquarters Water Page: Information on everything water
- EPA Region 2 Water Page: Information specific to Region 2 Water Program
- EPA’s National Volunteer Monitoring Page: Search for Region specific volunteer monitoring information here as well
- EPA Watershed Academy: Focal point in EPA's Office of Water for providing training and information on implementing watershed approaches
- The Volunteer Monitor’s Guide to Quality Assurance Project Plans (EPA 841-B-00-001)EPA: Designed to encourage and facilitate the development of volunteer QAPPs by clearly presenting explanations and examples
- Water Biocriteria Page: Information about the health of aquatic ecosystems
- Starting Out in Volunteer Water Monitoring [PDF 800 KB, 4 pp]: Fact Sheet on how to get involved in volunteer water monitoring
- Volunteer Estuary Monitoring: A Methods Manual: Guidance on the development of an estuarine monitoring program, including information on QAPP, sampling and data management
- Volunteer Lake Monitoring: A Methods Manual: Guidance on the development of a volunteer lake monitoring program, including information on QAPP, sampling and data management.
- Volunteer Stream Monitoring: A Methods Manual: Guidance on the development of a volunteer stream monitoring program, including quality monitoring issues, methodology and data management Volunteer Wetland Monitoring: An Introduction and Resource Guide: Introduction to volunteer wetland monitoring, including references of handbooks and manuals with detailed information on volunteer wetland monitoring
- The National Directory of Volunteer Water Monitoring Program: Directory listing volunteer organizations around the country engaged in monitoring rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, wetlands, and ground water, as well as surrounding lands
- In-depth introduction to the National Directory of Volunteer Water Monitoring Program: tribute to the energy, imagination, and dedication of tens of thousands of volunteer monitors across the country
- The Volunteer Monitor Project: National Newsletter of Volunteer Water Monitoring produced quarterly
- NYSDEC Surface and Ground Water Standards: Tables of water quality standards, guidance values or groundwater effluent limitation including all (total) forms of the substance
- NYSDEC Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP): A volunteer lake monitoring and education program that is managed by DEC and New York State Federation of Lake Associations
- NYSDEC Wadeable Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE): A citizen-based water quality assessment tool enabling citizen scientists to collect biological data for assessment of water quality on wadeable streams in NY State
- NJDEP Volunteer Water Monitoring Page: Main page of numerous resources for the volunteer monitoring program from getting started, exploring the various types of monitoring , to study design and quality assurance
- NJDEP Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program: Contains daily activity reports for closings, advisories and results of any test that exceeded the federal bacteria standard
- NJDEP Bureau of Water Quality Standards and Assessment
- The New Jersey Watershed Watch Network: Watershed Watch Network is a program acting as an umbrella for all of the volunteer monitoring programs within New Jersey.
- National Water Quality Monitoring Council: Provides a forum to improve the Nation's water quality through partnerships that foster increased understanding and stewardship of our water resources
- National Estuary Program: A network of voluntary community-based programs that safeguards the health of important coastal ecosystems across the country
- San Juan Bay Estuary Program (Spanish only): An estuarine system that includes San Juan Bay; the Martín Peña, San Antonio, and Suárez channels; and the Condado, Los Corozos, San José, Torrecilla, and Piñones lagoons
- New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program: Fostering community stewardship and education of the tidal waters of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary from Piermont Marsh in New York State to an imaginary line connecting Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and Rockaway Point, New York, at the mouth of the Harbor
- Delaware Estuary Program: Dedicated to facilitating the multi-state efforts of protecting the tidal portion of the Delaware Riverand Bay, from Trenton, New Jersey, south to the ocean; to Cape May on the New Jersey side and Cape Henlopen on the Delaware side
- Brownfields and Urban Agriculture: Interim Guidelines for Safe Gardening Practices: Document outlining the range of issues to be addressed to safely grow food on former Brownfields sites.
- Steps to Create a Garden or Expand Urban Agriculture: Step-by-step approach to planting a safe and healthy garden
- NJDEP Field Sampling Procedures Manual: Chapter 6/Sample Collection provides step by step procedures to be followed during the collection of environmental samples from various matrices.
- NJDEP Soil Cleanup Criteria: Provides tables of contaminants based on the Cleanup Standards for Contaminated Sites
- Rutgers University Soil Testing Lab in New Jersey: A service unit that offers chemical and mechanical analyses of soils for the residents of New Jersey
- Cornell University Soil Health Webpage: Provides information on soil health testing services
- CUNY Brooklyn College Soil Testing Service: Affordable soil testing service is offered as part of Brooklyn College's commitment to community service
Quality Assurance Resources
- EPA QA Guidance Documents for Air via the Technology Transfer Network Ambient Monitoring Technology Information Center
- EPA QA Guidance for Organizations Receiving Financial Assistance: For projects involving environmental programs, EPA assistance agreement recipients must implement or have implemented a quality system
- The Volunteer Monitor’s Guide to QA Project Plans (EPA 841-B-00-001): This document is designed to encourage and facilitate the development of volunteer QAPPs by clearly presenting explanations and examples
- EPA Region 2’s Quality Assurance Program: Overview of Region 2’s QA program including guidance documents, standard operating procedures and other resources
- EPA's Quality System for Environmental Data and Technology: EPA’s Quality System is to ensure that environmental data are of sufficient quantity and quality to support the data's intended use which also applies to grantees, and other recipients of financial assistance from EPA
- EPA Guidance on Environmental Data Verification and Data Validation: Provides practical advice to individuals implementing the steps of data verification and validation in a project’s life cycle
- US EPA Region 2 Guidance for the Development of Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) for Citizen Science Projects [PDF 70K, 25 pp]