NC Division of Water Quality Water Quality Assessments and Local Watershed Plans. DWQ Tasks. Compile and review existing data What is known about the watershed What needs to be known to help develop management strategies to improve water quality Develop a monitoring plan
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Water Quality Assessments
Local Watershed Plans
Can pinpoint locations of problems
Identify the specific nature of problems
Requires many samples to characterize pollutant effects in a watershed
A sample represents only a single point in timeWhy Use Chemical Monitoring?
Easily and inexpensively collected
Integrates the effect of mixtures of pollutants over the life cycle of the organism
Does not identify the source of pollution or the specific pollutants
Seasonality & taxonomic inconsistenciesWhy Conduct Biological Monitoring?
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