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FIU SERC Water Quality Monitoring Network: Florida Bay (S. FL Water Mgmt. District)

Sponsoring Organization:  Florida International University: Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Description:  The function of the SERC Water Quality Monitoring Network is to address regional water quality concerns that exist outside the boundaries of individual political entities. Funding for the Network has come from many different sources with individual programs being added as funding became available. Field sampling occurs over different time periods due to the nature of the funding. Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay & Whitewater Bay, Ten Thousand Islands, and Marco-Pine Island Sound are sampled monthly, while the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Southwest Florida Shelf are sampled quarterly. The data summary maps are produced on a quarterly basis by integrating the individual projects into one data file for that month sampled. The advantages of having this Network operated from the same facility include site continuity, consistency in analytic methodology, and ease of data integration. The product is a quasi-synoptic "big picture" as to what is happening in the South Florida coastal waters.

Web Site:  http://serc.fiu.edu/wqmnetwork/SFWMD-CD/index.htm

Duration:  01/01/1991 to 09/30/2008  (as of 08/17/2012)

Program Contact:  Dr. Joe Boyer

Program Contact Email:  boyerj@fiu.edu

Program Contact Web URL:  http://serc.fiu.edu/wqmnetwork/SFWMD-CD/index.htm

Program Purpose:  The Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Network was established in 1991 to characterize status and trends in water quality of Florida Bay and has since expanded to cover much of the South Florida region. It is funded by the South Florida Water Management District and managed by Dr. Joseph N. Boyer of the Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199.

Data Access Web URL:  http://serc.fiu.edu/wqmnetwork/SFWMD-CD/Pages/DataDL.htm

Data Access Information:  All Data still available. Available to download in ppm, uM, and Metadata file formats. http://serc.fiu.edu/wqmnetwork/SFWMD-CD/Pages/DataDL.htm

Data Access Policy:  Data User Agreement Data from the SERC-FIU WQMN are freely available for academic, research, or professional purposes subject to the following user terms: 1. User shall notify designated SERC-FIU WQMN researchers when any future work based on or derived from this data is published. 2. User agrees not to redistribute original SERC-FIU WQMN data. 3. User will acknowledge the support of the SERC-FIU WQMN Program and Appropriate grant/contract numbers in any publications using these data with the following citation: ‘Data were provided by the SERC-FIU Water Quality Monitoring Network which is supported by SFWMD/SERC Cooperative Agreement #4600000352 as well as EPA Agreement #X7-96410603-3.’ 4. User agrees to send 2 reprints of any publications resulting The use of the data and documentation to the following address: Dr. Joseph N. Boyer, Southeast Environmental Research Center, OE-148, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199

Sampling Design:  Water quality data collected from 28 stations in Florida Bay, Each of the stations in Florida Bay were monitored on a monthly basis with monitoring beginning in March 1991

Sampling Frequency:  Monthly

Sample Collection:  http://serc.fiu.edu/wqmnetwork/Report%20Archive/2007_CWQMN_Exec.pdf

Data Collection Area Name:  Florida Bay

Data Collection Area Description:  Site map with clickable stations http://serc.fiu.edu/wqmnetwork/SFWMD-CD/Pages/FB.htm

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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