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N P S T O R E T A Water Quality Database Management and Analytical System for National Park Units, Networks, and Others. Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA. National Park Service. by Dean Tucker, Michael Matz, & Paula Galloway National Park Service Water Resources Division Fort Collins, CO.

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N P S T O R E T

A Water Quality Database Management and Analytical System for National Park Units, Networks, and Others

Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA

National Park Service

by

Dean Tucker, Michael Matz, & Paula Galloway

National Park Service

Water Resources Division

Fort Collins, CO

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Grand Teton National Park, WY

Presentation Overview

  • NPS/Vital Signs Monitoring
  • WQ Data Mgt. Challenges
  • NPSTORET
  • Lessons Learned
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“… to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Statue of Liberty NM, NY

Vital Signs Background

  • NPS Organic Act of 1916
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Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ

Yellowstone National Park, WY

Yellowstone National Park, WY

Yosemite National Park, CA

Vital Signs Background

  • Preservation/Use Mandate
  • Use Very Successful
  • Preservation Record Mixed
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Vital Signs Background

  • 139,033 miles of rivers & streams
  • 1,716 miles of CWA 303(d) impaired rivers & streams

1.23%

Impaired

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Vital Signs Background

  • 4,230,480 acres of lakes, reservoirs, estuaries and marine areas
  • 1,065,540 acres of CWA 303(d) impaired lakes, reservoirs, estuaries, and marine areas

25.2%

Impaired

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Acadia NP, ME

Vital Signs Background

  • By the year 2000, 80 (1/3) of the “natural resource parks” had no professional natural resource manager
  • Another 84 parks had only 1 or 2 natural resource professionals.
  • Almost all projects/studies were short-term; staff mostly deals with the “crisis of the day”.
  • Few parks are able to identify the ‘desired future condition’ of resources, or current status & trend.

No Time No Money No Clue

nps natural resource challenge
Provides funding and new positions for natural resource stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

Learn what is in parks (inventories), and monitor the vital signs of natural systems

Engage the scientific community and the public, and facilitate their inquiries

Share the information widely

Vital Signs Background

NPS Natural Resource Challenge
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AccelerateInventories

Design/Implement Vital SignsMonitoring

Collaboration with scientists and others

Improve Resource Planning

Enhance Parks for Science

Assure Fully Professional Staff

Control Non-native Species

Protect Native and Endangered Species

Enhance Environmental Stewardship

Expand Air Quality efforts

Protect and restore Water Resources

Establish ResearchLearning Centers

Vital Signs Background

Revitalize and expand the natural resource program within the NPS

& improve park mgt. through greater reliance on scientific knowledge

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Vital Signs Background

The intent of park vital signs monitoring is to track a subset of physical, chemical, and biological elements and processes of park ecosystems that are selected to represent the overall health or condition of park resources, known or hypothesized effects of stressors, or elements that have important human values.

Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska

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NPS Vital Signs Networks

270 Parks Grouped into

32 Monitoring Networks

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Grand Canyon NP, AZ

Vital Signs Background

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Vital Signs WQ Data Mgt

The Challenge

Physical

W

Q

X

Chemical

Other

Biological

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WQ Data Mgt. Challenges

  • Archive Data in STORET Data Warehouse
  • Decentralized Network Approach
    • 32 Different Monitoring Programs
  • Scarce Funding/Small Staff
  • Limited or no Top-Down Authority
    • Guidance, but No Standards
  • Remote Locations/Limited Internet Capability
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Olympic National Park, WA

Overcoming Challenges

  • Existing Implementation of STORET
      • 17,667 Sites
      • 2,155,540 Results
      • 976 Characteristics
      • 194 NPS Units
  • Regulatory Monitoring Charge/CWA
  • Requirement: Data into STORET
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Olympic National Park, WA

The Chosen Path

Two pronged approach:

  • NPSTORET
  • NPSEDD
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Virgin Islands National Park, VI

NPSTORET

  • Microsoft Access-based
  • N.R. Database Template for Water Quality
  • STORET-lite
  • Tailored to flow data to STORET
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NPSTORET

NPSTORET Imports

  • Import Existing Station and Results Data from User Excel, Access, and Text Files
  • Seamless Imports from National WQ Databases

Seamless

Import

Automatic

Characteristic

Creation

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Voyageurs National Park, MN

NPSTORET Overview

  • Version 1.51 available for download at:
  • Learning Resources
      • Context sensitive help
      • First time user’s guide
      • Workshop guide
      • Videos
      • Data import instructions
  • Version 2.00 next year

http://nrdata.nps.gov/Programs/Water/NPSTORET/NPSTORET_1_51_Setup.exe

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Haleakala National Park, HI

NPSTORET Overview

  • Future Versions
  • User-defined WQ Standards
  • Depth Profile Entry and Graphics
  • Automatic Data Logger Support
  • WQX – XML Export
  • More Data QA
  • Additional Biological Data Support
  • Non-parametric Statistics/Trend Analysis
  • User-entered Data Qualifiers
  • Lots of Other Ideas
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

NPSEDD – “Eddy”

  • STORET Electronic Data Deliverable
  • Hybrid of several state and federal EDDs adapted for NPS
  • Set of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets designed to collect the data necessary to drive SIM
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NPSEDD Overview

Station Info

Project Info

Result Info

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Glen Canyon NRA, UT

NPSEDD Overview

  • Designed to drive SIM
  • NPSEDD v.1.1 available for download at:
  • http://nrdata.nps.gov/Programs/Water/NPSEDD/NPSEDD1.1.ZIP
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Vital Signs WQ Data Flow

Other DB (post 9/09)

(Via WQX post 9/09)

http://www.nature.nps.gov/water/infoanddata/index.htm

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Cabrillo National Monument, CA

Lessons Learned

  • No one size fits all solution
  • Stay flexible
  • Importance of standards
  • Importance of data sharing
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Contact Info:Dean F. Tucker(970)-225-3516Dean_Tucker@NPS.GOVAdditional Info:http://www.nature.nps.gov/water/infoanddata/index.htm

National Park Service

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC/TN

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