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FL St. Johns River Water Management District: Surface Water Quality Monitoring

Sponsoring Organization:  Florida Water Management Districts: St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD)

Description:  The water quality group is responsible for sampling surface water quality within the District. The program began in 1983 as the Permanent Monitoring Network and was renamed the Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program (SWQMP) in 1988 to more specifically reflect project activities. Originally the District's only surface water quality monitoring project, the SWQMP is now one of five equivalently sized monitoring programs in the Environmental Sciences Division. The other four programs are the Upper St. Johns River Basin, and the Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) programs of the Lower St. Johns River Basin, Lake Apopka/Upper Ocklawaha River, and the Indian River Lagoon. The Environmental Assessment Section (EAS) of the St. Johns River Water Management District (the District) is responsible for assessing water quality throughout the Districtís 18-county service area by sampling ambient water quality and maintaining an ambient water quality monitoring network. The fact pages found on this Web site summarize sample data from the network. In addition to the EAS, other groups of District staff are working on water quality monitoring and restoration, and they have responsibility for specific areas within the District, such as the Indian River Lagoon, Lower St. Johns River, Ocklawaha River, and Lake Apopka; and these data are maintained within separate ambient water quality monitoring networks. However, the EASí monitoring efforts are primarily focused on providing a sufficient database for basic water quality assessment and trend analysis throughout the District. These measurements and analyses are intended to help residents and concerned citizens acquire a basic knowledge about water quality for water bodies in which they have an interest.

Web Site:  http://www.sjrwmd.com/programs/surfacewaterquality.html

Duration:  01/01/1983 to present  (as of 03/26/2009)

Program Contact:  Aisa Ceric

Program Contact Email:  aceric@sjrwmd.com

Program Purpose:  The SWQMP, through its own sampling network and with data acquired by other agencies, performs a Districtwide assessment of water quality. This assessment is directed toward 1) establishing background conditions, 2) determining temporal trends, and 3) identifying areas of poor or impacted water quality.

Data Access Web URL:  STORET http://storet.dep.state.fl.us/WrmSpa/ Org ID to use is '21FLSJWM'

Data Access Information:  The SWQMP contributes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National Water Quality Data Base (STORET), and uploads approximately 25,000 water quality parameters to STORET annually. The program also relies on the comprehensive water quality data in STORET for reporting and for public and private inquiries. The SWQMP has historically received federal funding (Clean Water Act 205(j)) administered through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). In 1990, the SWQMP began monitoring sediments for priority pollutants. Priority pollutants include metals, hydrocarbons, pesticides and industrial chemicals known to be acutely or chronically toxic. All data collected under this program have been uploaded to the EPA's National Water Quality Data Base (STORET) and used by the FDEP for the state biennial assessment of water quality, the 305(b) report.

Data Access Policy:  STORET

Sampling Design:  Fifty-eight of the 72 total monitoring sites are funded by the District and are sampled every other month. Fourteen other sample sites, also known as temporal variability sites, are funded by FDEP and are sampled on a monthly basis. Samples are collected in the field by trained technicians. The sites may be sampled from a bridge, boat, or stream bank. After collection and appropriate preservation, the samples are sent to an analytical laboratory. Currently, the St. Johns River Water Management District laboratory analyzes the 58 ambient samples, while the FDEP laboratory, in Tallahassee, analyzes the temporal variability samples. Every effort is made to ensure that field samples are sent to the laboratory within holding time frames. After an appropriate quality assurance process, the data are uploaded to the Districtís environmental database as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyís (EPA) national database known as STORET, which is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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