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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 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.”

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 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.”

  • 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 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.”

  • 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 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.”

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


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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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Accelerate stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capabilityInventories

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

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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 stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

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 stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

270 Parks Grouped into

32 Monitoring Networks


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Grand Canyon NP, AZ stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

Vital Signs Background


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Vital Signs WQ Data Mgt stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

The Challenge

Physical

W

Q

X

Chemical

Other

Biological


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WQ Data Mgt. Challenges stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

  • 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 stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

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 stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

    The Chosen Path

    Two pronged approach:

    • NPSTORET

    • NPSEDD


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    Virgin Islands National Park, VI stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

    NPSTORET

    • Microsoft Access-based

    • N.R. Database Template for Water Quality

    • STORET-lite

    • Tailored to flow data to STORET


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    NPSTORET Switchboard stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability


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    Projects Template stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability


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    Stations Template stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability


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    Metadata Template stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability


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    Results Template stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability


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    Reports & Stats Template stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability


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    Reports & Stats Template stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability


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    Reports & Stats Template stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability


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    Reports & Stats Template stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability


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    NPSTORET stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

    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 stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

    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 stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

    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 stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

    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 stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

    Station Info

    Project Info

    Result Info


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    Glen Canyon NRA, UT stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

    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 stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

    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 stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capability

    Lessons Learned

    • No one size fits all solution

    • Stay flexible

    • Importance of standards

    • Importance of data sharing


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    Contact Info: stewardship to add to NPS visitor services capabilityDean F. Tucker(970)[email protected] Info:http://www.nature.nps.gov/water/infoanddata/index.htm

    National Park Service

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC/TN


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