Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council. An Activities Report to the National Water Quality Monitoring Council by Holly Huyck, Steve Lohman, Ben Alexander, Bill Horak Denver, Colorado July 16, 2002. Formation of CWQMC. Feb. 98 WRRI Director letter to CDPHE, USGS
An Activities Report
National Water Quality Monitoring Council
Holly Huyck, Steve Lohman, Ben Alexander, Bill Horak
July 16, 2002
Feb. 98 WRRI Director letter to CDPHE, USGS
Nov. 98 “Testing the waters” mtg.
John Klein spoke about NWQMC
Strong support for Council idea
Jan. 99 Created organizing committee
June 99 Officially launched CWQMC
Will this Council attempt a prescriptive stance toward monitoring activities of its member agencies—or non-members that do monitoring in Colorado??
Had to deal head-on with that concern before we could move forward
Statewide collaborative body, open to all
Seeks to improve the linkage between information needs of policy and decision makers with efforts to collect and assess data
Promotes effective monitoring programs
Shall address the full range of water quality information
Non-voting body that operates through consensus
Provide a forum for effective communication, cooperation, collaboration, and documentation among individuals and organizations involved in monitoring
Promote the development of collaborative and cost effective watershed-based monitoring strategies
Promote the use of quality assurance procedures and protocols related to sample collection, analytical methods, assessment, data management and distribution
Provide strategic direction for a statewide structure for the acquisition, analysis, archiving, and dissemination of water-quality information
Individuals/organizations who are involved in water quality (or quantity) monitoring in Colorado
Participate in at least one watershed/basin group or association
Agree to share data and cooperate with other monitoring entities
Other Officers as deemed necessary
All selected from and by the Council, by consensus
Officers rotated annually
The Council may establish ad hoc or standing committees to address issues of statewide concern.
Standing Committees To Date:
Monitoring Coordination Committee
Data Management Committee
Outreach and Information Sharing Committee
Aquatic Life Committee
Chartered Purpose and Goals with Planned
Actions for 2002
Actions in red are highest priorities for 2002
Goals and Planned Actions for 2002 (cont.)
Promote the development of collaborative and cost-effective watershed-based monitoring strategies.
· Develop a strategy to work more closely with watershed
groups that are doing or plan to do water-quality monitoring.
· Encourage/facilitate two-way transfer of information about monitoring strategies and current programs to and from watershed groups.
· Promote the components of effective monitoring programs.
· Identify information needs and conduct data swaps for river basins about to undergo triennial review
About the Council
Meetings Agendas Minutes
Monitoring Plans and Methods
Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Locations
Water-Quality Related Groups and Events
Other Useful Links
Water-Quality Related Grants
The Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council will serve as a statewide collaborative body, open to all, to help achieve effective collection, analysis and dissemination of water quality data, and monitoring information. The Council seeks to improve the linkage between information needs of policy and decision makers with efforts to collect and assess data. The Council promotes effective monitoring programs that include the components of goal identification, data collection, analysis, storage, retrieval, and reporting/dissemination of information. The Council shall address the full range of water quality information, including chemical, biological, and physical characteristics of surface and ground waters. The Council is a non-voting body that operates through consensus.