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Update. Methods and Data Comparability Board. San Diego, CA, Dec. 6,2007. MDCB External Web Page. MDCB Current Activities. Recent meeting in Portland, OR 10/23-24/07 NEMI Water Quality Data Elements (WQDE) Physical Habitat (Streams) Preparing for 2008 National Conference New directions

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Methods and Data Comparability Board

San Diego, CA, Dec. 6,2007

mdcb current activities
MDCB Current Activities
  • Recent meeting in Portland, OR 10/23-24/07
    • NEMI
    • Water Quality Data Elements (WQDE)
      • Physical Habitat (Streams)
    • Preparing for 2008 National Conference
    • New directions
  • Planning a MDCB meeting in conjunction with the MACOORA water-quality workshop in March 2008
  • National Conference May 18-22, 2008
mdcb new directions
MDCB New Directions

From Portland meeting, recent Board conference calls, and Council meeting

  • Contaminants
  • Sensors
  • Event and continuous monitoring
  • Statistical and other analysis methods—how to integrate discrete, probabilistic, and real-time monitoring observations

Need to prioritize based on needs of the Council and water-quality community

nemi update
NEMI Update
  • EPA & USGS analytical methods – backbone of NEMI
  • 947 methods to date
  • Green Methods identified in database
  • Outreach
    • Conference in Atlantic City (presentation)
    • Updates to EPA and USGS management (meetings)
    • ELAB and similar conferences (handouts)
    • Other?
new methods in nemi
New methods in NEMI
  • In the queue for FY 2008:
    • Habitat protocols
    • USGS field methods (NFM)
    • Biological (Pop/comm)
    • Microbiological
    • Toxicity
    • Sediment & Tissue chemistry
    • Suspended sediment
    • Feedback welcome!
crada for nemi
  • Partners:
    • YSI – financial support interested in entering multiparameter probes
    • Neptune, Inc. – analytical and statistical methods. Web-based stats programs
    • Tennessee Tech U. (Martha Wells) – research methods, University outreach
    • Abraxis LLC – analytical kits
wqde physical habitat update
WQDE Physical Habitat Update
  • Developed a fantastic team of scientists lead by Faith Fitzpatrick and Revital Katznelson
  • Working closely with USEPA and ESAR
  • Working on a minimum set of elements for stream habitat a different habitat scales
  • Several experts are reviewing the list now
  • Will move into other habitats such as wetlands and coastal areas in the future
  • Being used more frequently in the field
  • Beginning to see “methods” that are defined by the technology
  • How can we evaluate these new technologies in order to compare them?
  • Enter into NEMI or some similar subset
sensors cont
Sensors (cont)
  • Board plans to develop a white paper to outline the approach
  • Create a web-site to help guide users
  • Develop a Board “New Technologies” workgroup
  • Need to bring in experts to the Board
    • EPA Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program
    • Sandia National Laboraties (SNL)
    • Department of Defense
    • Homeland Security
    • Private sector
    • Several USGS presenters at WQ Workshop at Galveston
  • Many programs monitor many compounds
  • Lists of compounds change over time
  • Emerging contaminants – is there a process for identifying what should be a concern?
  • Based on discussions at Council Network breakout session the Board and Tracy need to look at current list for the Network ASAP
  • Need to develop a short term and long term plan
statistical methods
Statistical Methods
  • Need to determine if this is a priority of the Council???
  • Need to connect with the Water Information Strategies Work Group to evaluate methods of analysis of the available data sets
  • White paper and create a web site to help those use statistical methods appropriately
  • How to integrate discrete, probabilistic, and real-time data sets generated from the Network
moving forward
Moving Forward
  • Need to determine the level of effort that the Council wants to commit for the Board to address these issues
  • Need to interact with the Council’s to better understand the needs over the short term and long term—have selected Council members come to Board meetings/conference calls, etc.