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National Aquatic Resource Surveys. National Coastal Condition Assessment – 2010 Sarah Lehmann. National Aquatic Surveys. EPA and our State, Tribal and Federal Partners are conducting statistical surveys of the condition of the Nation’s waters

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national aquatic resource surveys

National Aquatic Resource Surveys

National Coastal Condition Assessment – 2010

Sarah Lehmann

national aquatic surveys
National Aquatic Surveys
  • EPA and our State, Tribal and Federal Partners are conducting statistical surveys of the condition of the Nation’s waters
    • Unbiased estimates of condition based on a representative sample of waters
    • Core indicators using standardized field and lab methods
  • Surveys cover Rivers/Streams, Lakes/Reservoirs, Wetlands, and Coastal Waters
key objectives of the survey
Key Objectives of the Survey
  • What is the extent of waters that support healthy ecosystems, recreation, and fish consumption?
  • How widespread are the most significant water quality problems?
  • Is water quality improving?
  • Are we investing in restoration and protection wisely?
monitoring initiative current allocation of funds
Monitoring Initiative –Current Allocation of Funds
  • Provide States $8.45M in 106 grant to participate in statistically-valid surveys of the Nation’s waters
    • $8000 per site for regional/national scale survey in lower 48
  • Provide an additional $9.8M in 106 grant for improved monitoring programs and state priorities
    • $169,900/State annually for program enhancements outlined in state monitoring strategies
epa use of the surveys
EPA Use of the Surveys
  • The results of the first national surveys -- the National Coastal Assessments and the Wadeable Streams Assessment – are included in EPA’s Report on the Environment
    • http://www.epa.gov/roe/
  • EPA’s strategic plan uses survey results as a key measure of the performance of our protection and restoration programs.
    • http://www.epa.gov/ocfo/plan/plan.htm
national coastal condition report
National Coastal Condition Report
  • The National Coastal Assessment was the first national survey using the EMAP survey design.
  • Three national reports produced since 2001 (one is still in draft).
  • These National Coastal Condition Reports include statistical assessments of 100% of the nation’s estuaries in the contiguous 48 states, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.
  • Great Lakes information included but collected from SOLEC indicators.
  • http://www.epa.gov/owow/oceans/nccr/
national coastal condition report8
National Coastal Condition Report
  • Reports address five key indicators of ecological health:
    • water quality,
    • coastal habitat loss,
    • sediment quality,
    • benthic community condition, and
    • fish tissue contaminants.
nccrs planning
NCCRs Planning

NCCR II

2005

NCCR III

2008

NCCR IV

2011

NCCR I

2001

NCCR V

2012

1997-2000

1990-1996

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2007

2008

2009

2010

2006

NEP REPORT I

2007

NEP REPORT II

2012 ??

Blue – Data Collected

Pink – No Data Collected

national coastal condition report 2010
National Coastal Condition Report - 2010
  • First meeting of State/Federal Workgroup planned for June 10-11 2008
  • Workgroups will modify and add indicators in 2008
  • New Issues:
    • Add Great Lakes
    • Section 106 funding
  • Schedule:
    • Sampling in 2010
    • NCCR V in 2012
draft agenda for june meeting
Draft Agenda for June Meeting
  • San Antonio, TX June 10-11, 2008
  • Discuss funding approach
  • Present and discuss sample draw – first “throw away draft” for the Great Lakes
  • Begin discussion of indicators – including focus on appropriate Great Lake indicators
  • Establish indicator workgroups
  • Plan future Webinars/meetings