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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

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colorado water quality monitoring council
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
Formation of CWQMC

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

an early show stopper issue
An Early Show-Stopper Issue

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

charter colorado water quality monitoring council leading the way in public private collaboration
CharterColorado Water Quality Monitoring CouncilLeading the Way in Public/Private Collaboration

Purpose

Goals

Membership

Organization

purpose
Purpose

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

goals
Goals

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

goals cont
Goals (cont.)

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

membership
Membership

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

membership cont
Membership (cont.)

Officers:

Chair

Treasurer

Other Officers as deemed necessary

All selected from and by the Council, by consensus

Officers rotated annually

Dues

organization
Organization

Committees:

The Council may establish ad hoc or standing committees to address issues of statewide concern.

organization cont
Organization (cont.)

Standing Committees To Date:

Steering Committee

Monitoring Coordination Committee

Data Management Committee

Outreach and Information Sharing Committee

Aquatic Life Committee

highlighted accomplishments 2000 2001
Highlighted Accomplishments2000 & 2001
  • Improved Communications – use pre- and post-meeting email packets
  • Assisted with update of Colorado Geological Survey’s Directory of Colorado Water Quality data
  • Conducted MetaData Swap for Clear Creek Basin
  • Colorado Water Quality Conference – Co-hosted with AWRA
  • Developed a CWQMC website
  • Fostered close ties with NWQMC and MDCB
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Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council

Chartered Purpose and Goals with Planned

Actions for 2002

Actions in red are highest priorities for 2002

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Goals and Planned Actions for 2002
    • Provide a forum for effective communication, cooperation, collaboration, and documentation among individuals and organizations involved in monitoring.
    • ·            Foster the continued development of trust among CWQMC members.
    • ·            Increase our membership and encourage active participation by members.
    • ·            Identify and document the water-quality information needs of members.
    • ·            Enable Council to raise funds by obtaining 501c status and develop visual identity (logo).
    • ·            Develop and maintain an attractive and highly functional website.
    • ·            Develop Web-based map index to the who, what, where, why of WQ monitoring in Colorado.
    • ·            Take advantage of NWQMC Denver meeting as outreach opportunity.
    • ·            Plan a Nat. Monitoring Day observance and the next WQ Conference
    • ·            Promote CWQMC as an informational resource and supportive forum to WQ policy makers.
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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

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Goals and Planned Actions for 2002 (cont.)
  • Promote the use of quality assurance procedures and protocols
  • Related to sample collection, analytical methods, assessment,
  • data management,and dissemination.
  • ·            Be actively involved with the NWQMC’s Methods and Data Comparability
  • Board and effectively transfer information between the NWQMC and
  • CWQMC.
  • ·            Continue development of Minimal Data Elements (MDE) recommendations
  • for monitoring activities in CO – Use of MDE must remain voluntary.
  • ·            Decide what role, if any, CWQMC will seek in (1) WQ data management
  • and (2) data interpretation and assessment for policy and decision
  • processes.
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Goals and Planned Actions for 2002 (cont.)
  • Provide strategic direction for a statewide structure for the acquisition, analysis, archiving, and dissemination of water-quality information
  • Encourage members to articulate the “why” of their
  • monitoring work.
  • Last revision: May 17, 2002
current cwqmc committee activities
Current CWQMC Committee Activities
  • National Monitoring Day Outreach Committee
  • Post-Fire Water Quality Committee
  • Continual Enhancements of CWQMC Website
  • CWQMC Brochure Effort – Chris Crouse and Holly Huyck – Done !
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Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council

About the Council

Meetings Agendas Minutes

Monitoring Tools

Monitoring Plans and Methods

Database Management

Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Locations

Water-Quality Related Groups and Events

Other Useful Links

Water-Quality Related Grants

Purpose

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.

future cwqmc committee activities
Future CWQMC Committee Activities
  • Survey of interests and needs of member organizations
  • Decision and possible action on obtaining 501c non-profit status
  • Data-management issues and needs in support of data swaps
  • Effective connection of CWQMC to MDCB (NWQMC) and its products
  • Productive association of CWQMC with watershed-based activities
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