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NWQMC: National Water Quality Monitoring Council

  • Purpose: To provide a national forum for coordination of consistent and scientifically defensible methods and strategies to improve water quality monitoring, assessment and reporting. To promote partnerships to foster collaboration, advance the science and improve management within all elements of the water quality monitoring community.
  • Workgroups
  • Methods and Data Comparability Board
  • Water Information Strategies
  • Collaboration and Outreach
  • Watershed Components Interaction

MDCB: Methods and Data Comparability Board

WQDE: Water Quality Data Elements

  • Purpose: WQDEs are lists of the minimum elements or metadata that give a data user information about the data so that they can make an informed decision as to the quality of those data, and the comparability of those data for their question or purpose. WQDEs should be readily available to other interested parties, along with the data, to facilitate information sharing and data exchange. Lists are divided into modules specific to different types of water quality monitoring analyses (e.g. chemical, microbiological, toxicological, biological). The proposed lists are not a set of required information. They are intended as a means to help data collectors and database managers more effectively characterize their data and thereby, promote the use of those data by others.

NEMI: National Environmental Methods Index

NEMI is a free, searchable clearinghouse of methods and procedures for both regulatory and non-regulatory monitoring purposes for water, sediment, air and tissues. NEMI is a great resource for organizations that are looking to achieve a higher level of quality assurance to their water quality monitoring programs.

Use NEMI as a guide to compare and contrast the performance and relative cost analytical, text and sampling methods for environmental monitoring before purchasing equipment, creating a quality assurance plan or starting your monitoring program. For more information regarding NEMI please visit, www.nemi.gov

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