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Open-File Report 2009–1236

Prepared in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Transportation

Scientific Framework for Stormwater Monitoring by the Washington State Department of Transportation

By R.W. Sheibley, V.J. Kelly, and R.J. Wagner

Abstract

The Washington State Department of Transportation municipal stormwater monitoring program, in operation for about 8 years, never has received an external, objective assessment. In addition, the Washington State Department of Transportation would like to identify the standard operating procedures and quality assurance protocols that must be adopted so that their monitoring program will meet the requirements of the new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System municipal stormwater permit. As a result, in March 2009, the Washington State Department of Transportation asked the U.S. Geological Survey to assess their pre-2009 municipal stormwater monitoring program. This report presents guidelines developed for the Washington State Department of Transportation to meet new permit requirements and regional/national stormwater monitoring standards to ensure that adequate processes and procedures are identified to collect high-quality, scientifically defensible municipal stormwater monitoring data. These include: (1) development of coherent vision and cooperation among all elements of the program; (2) a comprehensive approach for site selection; (3) an effective quality assurance program for field, laboratory, and data management; and (4) an adequate database and data management system.

First posted October 15, 2009

For additional information contact:
Director, Washington Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey, 934 Broadway — Suite 300
Tacoma, Washington 98402
http://wa.water.usgs.

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Suggested citation:

Sheibley, R.W., Kelly, V.J., and Wagner, R.J., 2009, Scientific framework for stormwater monitoring by the Washington State Department of Transportation: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1236, 22 p.



Contents

Abstract

Introduction

Brief History of Washington State Department of Transportation Stormwater Monitoring Program

Monitoring Requirements for the 2009 Permit

Review of Pre-2009 Stormwater Monitoring Program

Components of a Successful Stormwater Monitoring Program for Washington State Department of Transportation

Summary

Acknowledgments

References Cited

Glossary


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