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Key EPA Internet Tools for Watershed Management. Ansu John Tetra Tech, Inc. September 6, 2007. Sponsored by EPA’s Watershed Academy. Impaired Waters (on 303(d) List) and TMDLs. WLAs to individual point sources. LAs to nonpoint sources. EPA approval. Clean Water Framework Context.

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key epa internet tools for watershed management
Key EPA Internet Tools for Watershed Management

Ansu John

Tetra Tech, Inc.

September 6, 2007

Sponsored by EPA’s Watershed Academy

clean water framework context

Impaired Waters (on 303(d) List) and TMDLs

WLAs to individual point sources

LAs to nonpoint sources

EPA approval

Clean Water Framework Context

Water Quality Standards

Monitor/Assess Attainment of Standards

Assessment methodology – 305(b) Report

303(d) List of Impaired Waters

EPA approves 303(d) list

Watershed Plan

Continual

Planning Process

Point Sources: Discharges to Water

NPDES Permits for Point Sources

Manage Nonpoint Sources to Address/Reduce Sources of Pollution

With Federal/State/Other $

Training on CWA: www.epa.gov/watertrain/cwa

slide3

Handbook for

Developing

Watershed Plans to

Restore and Protect

Our Waters(Draft)

Consistent, Comprehensive Watershed Planning:

www.epa.gov/owow/nps/watershed_handbook/

six steps in the planning process
Six Steps in the Planning Process

EPA Internet Tools to Address Each Step

watershed plan builder tool
Watershed Plan Builder Tool

www.epa.gov/owow/watershedplanning

archived webcast for further training now available for ipods mp3 players
Archived Webcast for Further TrainingNow Available for iPods/MP3 Players

May 2, 2007 Webcast Seminar on:

"The Watershed Plan Builder: EPA's New Interactive Web-based Tool Designed to Promote the Development of Comprehensive Watershed Plans"Stuart Lehman, Environmental Scientist, EPA's Nonpoint Source Control Branch, Charlie MacPherson, Public Outreach Specialist, Tetra Tech, Inc. and Vladi Royzman, Water Resources Scientist, Tetra Tech, Inc.

www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts

watershed online information sharing www epa gov owow watershed information html
Watershed Online Information Sharing: www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/information.html
quarterly newsletter on watershed topics www epa gov owow info newsnotes
Quarterly Newsletter on Watershed Topicswww.epa.gov/owow/info/NewsNotes
watershed planning steps
Watershed Planning Steps
  • Build Partnerships
  • Characterize the Watershed
  • Set Goals and Identify Solutions
  • Design an Implementation Program
  • Implement the Program
  • Measure Progress, Make Necessary Adjustments
clean water framework context1

Impaired Waters (on 303(d) List) and TMDLs

WLAs to individual point sources

LAs to nonpoint sources

EPA approval

Clean Water Framework Context

Water Quality Standards

Monitor/Assess Attainment of Standards

Assessment methodology – 305(b) Report

303(d) List of Impaired Waters

EPA approves 303(d) list

Watershed Plan

Continual

Planning Process

Point Sources: Discharges to Water

NPDES Permits for Point Sources

Manage Nonpoint Sources to Address/Reduce Sources of Pollution

With Federal/State/Other $

Training on CWA: www.epa.gov/watertrain/cwa

national sources epa water program databases
National Sources: EPA Water Program Databases
  • Water Quality Standards
  • Assessment
  • Impairments and TMDL
a water quality standards www epa gov waterscience standards
A. Water Quality Standards: www.epa.gov/waterscience/standards
database report result designated uses of selected waterbody
Database Report Result = Designated Uses of Selected Waterbody

Bonus: Selected Waterbody can be mapped in “Enviromapper For Water”

state tribal territorial standards www epa gov waterscience wqs
State, Tribal, & Territorial Standards: www.epa.gov/waterscience/wqs/

Click on a State to View

its WQS Documents/Codes

b assessment www epa gov waters 305b
B. Assessment www.epa.gov/waters/305b

About this Database:

Explains terms like: “Impaired”, “Threatened”

Explains Report headings like:

“Assessed Waters, Individual Use Support for Bays and Estuaries:”

selected individual waterbody blackstone river 3 7 mile section
Selected Individual Waterbody: Blackstone River, 3.7-mile Section

Bonus: Map this section in “Enviromapper for Water”

complement with in depth state information
Complement with In-Depth State Information

MA: DEP

Water Quality Assessment Reports

drill down waterbodies in selected watershed middle potomac anacostia occoquan

Click to launch

Enviromapper For Water

Drill down: Waterbodies in Selected Watershed (Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan)

Click for individual waterbody segments

slide51
www.epa.gov/waters/tools-Generate Reports from Multiple Databases-Visualize Waterbody Information On a Map
ask waters www epa gov waters tools ask waters
Ask WATERS:www.epa.gov/waters/tools/ask_waters

Ask WATERS answers multi-program

questions that draw on information from the databases linked through WATERS.

Please Miss….

www epa gov waters enviromapper integrate waterbody information visually perform queries visually
www.epa.gov/waters/enviromapper-Integrate Waterbody Information Visually-Perform Queries Visually
default national scale interface

Map View

Map Features or

“Data Layers”

Map Tools

Message Area

Default National Scale Interface
county scale

Map Scale

Zoom Tool

Map Features Change with Map Scale

More Data Layers Available at County Level

County Scale
zoom scale 25 miles wide
Zoom Scale < 25 miles wide

National Hydrography Dataset = “Surface Water” Map Feature

Visible at Map View Scales < 25 miles

identify a map feature the active map feature

Pointer Becomes Selector Hand

Identify Active Feature Tool

Click the Radio Button to Make

Map Feature Active

Identify a Map Feature (the Active Map Feature)
identify feature also performs a query on the database

Identified Impaired Waters Feature

Is Selected in Map View

Hyperlink to Selected Feature in the Impaired Waters/TMDL Database

Bonus: Other Data for the Identified Feature

Identify Feature Also Performs a Query on the Database
bonus information for identified segment from wqs database
Bonus: Information for Identified Segment from WQS Database

Note: Three Designated Uses for Fleming Creek

point sources discharges to water
Point Sources: Discharges to Water

Permit Compliance System database tracks facilities with permits to discharge

effluent to waters of the United States.

(These permits are called “NPDES Permits”)

pop up box information reported from pcs database

Overview of Permit Issued

To This Facility

Pop-up Box: Information Reported from PCS Database

Click on Permit Number to Drill Down for Detailed

Reports

detailed reports from pcs
Detailed Reports from PCS

Example Detailed Report: Measurements and Violations

(parameters in discharge that the facility is required to monitor and report)

measurements violations report data for permit required parameters
Measurements / Violations Report: Data for Permit-Required Parameters

Search

the page

for selected

parameters

Example parameter: pH

back to enviromapper for water for water quality monitoring data from storet
Back to Enviromapper for Water forWater Quality Monitoring Data from STORET

West of Flemingsburg, STORET station identified

storet station data pull in message area
STORET Station Data Pull in Message Area

Click to Open STORET Pop-up Box, with Data for Site

storet database query results summary of available data

Parameters

Monitored at this Station

STORET Database Query Results: Summary of Available Data

Parameters = Characteristics (STORET Terminology)

drill down for data
Drill Down for Data

Selected Station and Selected Parameter (Characteristic)

Create a Customized Query in the STORET Interface

scroll down for characteristic
Scroll Down for Characteristic

Selected Characteristic = Dissolved Oxygen

Use Characteristic Search for Additional Characteristics

Click Continue to Receive Data File (Prepared By STORET) via E-mail

wildcard search for characteristics
Wildcard (%) Search for Characteristics

Control + Click for Multiple Selections

download prepared data
Download Prepared Data

Left-click: Download to Specified Location on Your Computer

Right-click: Open Comma-delimited Text File in Browser

save as txt file
Save as .txt file

Browser Menu Bar: File > Save As

clean water framework context2

Impaired Waters (on 303(d) List) and TMDLs

WLAs to individual point sources

LAs to nonpoint sources

EPA approval

Clean Water Framework Context

Water Quality Standards

Monitor/Assess Attainment of Standards

Assessment methodology – 305(b) Report

303(d) List of Impaired Waters

EPA approves 303(d) list

Watershed Plan

Continual

Planning Process

Point Sources: Discharges to Water

NPDES Permits for Point Sources

Manage Nonpoint Sources to Address/Reduce Sources of Pollution

With Federal/State/Other $

Training on CWA: www.epa.gov/watertrain/cwa

watershed planning steps1
Watershed Planning Steps
  • Build Partnerships
  • Characterize the Watershed
  • Set Goals and Identify Solutions
  • Design an Implementation Program
  • Implement the Program
  • Measure Progress, Make Necessary Adjustments
www epa gov owow watershed wacademy
www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/wacademy/

Get A Certificate from EPA’s Watershed Academy by Completing 15 On-line,

Self-Paced Training Courses