Workshop Report Finds National Water Quality Monitoring and IOOS Linkages Would Facilitate Cost Effectiveness in Preserving and Enhancing Water Quality
A report on the NOAA-supported workshop, Linking Elements of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) with the Planned National Water Quality Monitoring Network (NWQMN), now available online and in hard copy, describes how a linked system would facilitate cost effectiveness through integration of upland and coastal monitoring. Data and information products resulting from linkages between IOOS and the NWQMN could be utilized by a variety of agencies and organizations to preserve and enhance water quality conditions in U.S. watersheds and coastal waters. After examining existing water quality management issues and programs, workshop participants found that effective future management would require a centralized, integrative effort; and coastal states, territories, tribes and federal agencies would all be involved in administering it. They also recommended the Delaware Bay ecosystem for a NWQMN pilot project, as a number of research and management efforts are underway, it supports a number of human uses, and it has a large forested upper watershed, undeveloped estuarine wetlands, and a variety of aquatic, marine and upland species. NOAA and the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium hosted the workshop on September 19-21, 2005, with multiple participating partners. For more information, please contact Jawed Hameedi at (301) 713-3028 ext.170 or Jawed.Hameedi@noaa.gov.