Federal Partnership to Improve Indicators for the next National Coastal Condition Report
Researchers from NCCOS met with scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water on February 11 in Washington, DC to discuss the upcoming activities and timetable for the next National Coastal Condition Report (NCCR) anticipated for 2011 or 2012. EPA requested NCCOS’s expertise to improve indicators, particularly the Water Quality (WQI) indicator, with the possibility of combining the WQI with NCCOS’s recent National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment (NEEA) indicators. The intent is to combine the methods or to use both in complementary fashion to provide a better NCCR from a quantitative and qualitative perspective for the eutrophication assessment. NCCOS’s role is anticipated to be focused on, though not exclusively limited to, evaluation and modification of the eutrophication-related WQI.