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Columbia River Basin Restoration Program Monitoring Webinar - February 2021


At the October 22, 2020, Columbia River Basin Restoration Working Group meeting, attendees expressed interest in a follow-on discussion focused on the monitoring grants awarded in September 2020 through the Clean Water Act, Section 123, Columbia River Basin Restoration Program.

EPA invited seven of the inaugural Columbia River Basin Restoration Funding Assistance Program grantees that are planning or currently conducting monitoring activities. In addition, EPA invited working group members and regional partners from across the Basin that have expertise in monitoring efforts.

The monitoring webinar was held on February 11, 2021. The goal of this collaborative meeting was to provide a flexible forum for grantees to share monitoring activities, discuss analytical methods, ask questions of EPA and other grantees, and share information and best practices.


A full summary of the presentations, discussion, and next steps from the February 11 webinar is available below.

The following resources are also available on EPA’s file sharing site:

  • Appendix A: Meeting Agenda.
  • Appendix B: Presentation on the History of Columbia River Basin Toxics Monitoring by Mike Cox, EPA retired. This presentation provided historical context of monitoring in the Columbia River Basin, including past efforts to develop a monitoring strategy for the Basin.
  • Appendix C: Presentation on Columbia River Basin Grantee Monitoring Projects by Lon Kissinger, EPA/Arthur Preston, OHSU/PSU. This presentation summarized the seven monitoring grants and introduced the table that compiles chemicals, media, and methods being sampled by the grantees (see Appendix E).
  • Appendix D: Presentation on Non-targeted Analysis of Columbia River Waters Contaminants using Liquid Chromatography and High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry by Andy James, University of Washington. This presentation provided more detail on the novel approach to monitoring being implemented by the University of Washington Tacoma grantees.
  • Appendix E: Spreadsheet describing contaminants monitored in each medium by grantee and analytical methods used. EPA developed this spreadsheet to compare chemicals, media, and methods being sampled by the seven grantees with the intention of enabling all parties to compare their approaches and inform the discussion about pros and cons of various methods, compatibility of results, and areas of overlap between efforts.
  • Appendix F: Detailed table of grantees and monitoring project descriptions. This summary table provides a high-level description of the seven monitoring projects’ scopes and objectives.
  • Appendix G: A preliminary list of references on Columbia River Basin Toxics MonitoringExit. This list of Columbia River Basin monitoring resources can serve as a living document to consolidate monitoring-related literature relevant to the Basin.
  • Appendix H: A list of Columbia River Basin Toxics Action Plan actions relevant to CRB long term monitoring. This attachment highlights the monitoring-related initiatives proposed in the EPA 2010 Columbia River Basin Toxics Reduction Action Plan to provide additional historical context for current monitoring efforts.
  • Appendix I: Columbia River Basin Long Term Monitoring Strategy Development Questions.

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