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Region 1 Quality Systems Documents

EPA New England Documents

Quality Management Plan (QMP)
The QMP describes policies, procedures and management systems within EPA NE that govern quality assurance and quality control activities supporting the transparency and scientific defensibility of environmental data collected, used and disseminated by the Region.

Planning

General

Quality Assurance - Project Plan Program Guidance (QAPP)
This implementation document describes the EPA NE program for ensuring the collection and use of quality data.

EPA New England Example - Streamlined QAPP Tables/Template
Examples of tables that may be included in a QAPP to summarize information, supplement and simplify the text, or to create a useful list of important information for the user.

Examples of Approved Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs)

Brownfields

Planning and Documenting Brownfields Projects Generic Quality Assurance Project Plans

Models

Generic Modeling Quality Assurance Project Plan and Quality Assurance Checklist
The QAPP guidance document and its companion checklist are designed to assist QAPP writers and reviewers involved in modeling projects, including the Total Maximum Daily Load Program (TMDL).

Example of Approved State Generic Quality Assurance Project Plan for Models

Modeling Journal: Checklist and Template (DOC)(16 pp, 395 K)
This modeling journal is a desktop tool which uses a checklist and journal template for documenting model development and model life-cycle evaluation.

Water

Quality Assurance Project Plan Development Tool
This tool is designed to assist in developing a Quality Assurance (QA) Project Plan for projects that involve surface or groundwater monitoring and/or the collection and analysis of water samples. All information is also available on CD ROM including SOPs noted in Module 5. For a CD copy contact Pat Svetaka (svetaka.pat@epa.gov or 617-918-8396).

Drinking Water

New England States' Sample Collection & Preservation Guidance Manual for Drinking Water

Projects Using Only Existing (Secondary) Data

Quality Assurance Project Plan Guidance For Environmental Projects Using Only Existing (Secondary) Data
This QAPP guidance is designed to assist QAPP writers and reviewers involved in environmental projects based solely on previously existing (secondary) data. It describes a streamlined approach for planning and documenting projects that do not include sampling, testing or measurement determinations.

Field Implementation

QA Bulletin - Calibration of Dissolved Oxygen Meters

Low Stress (low flow) Purging and Sampling Procedure for the Collection of Groundwater Samples from Monitoring Wells

Standard Operating Procedure for Calibration of Field Instruments (temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity/specific conductance, oxidation/reduction potential [ORP], and turbidity)

Assessment and Data Review

Environmental Data Review Program
QA guidance that documents the implementation of the updated regional environmental data review program.

Guidance for Annual Reporting of Quality System Progress
Guidance and template designed to assist EPA-funded organizations in reporting on the status/progress of their quality systems.