Quality Assurance Project Plan: Status and Trends Monitoring of Small Streams in the Puget Lowlands Ecoregion for Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM)

Washington State Department of Ecology
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This Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) details a long term status and trends monitoring study for small streams in the Puget Lowland as part of Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) program. SAM is the regional stormwater monitoring program funded by the Phase I Municipal Stormwater permit and the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater permit permittees. This study of small streams in the Puget Lowland Ecoregion (called Puget Small Streams, PSS study, or SAM_PSS study hereafter) is designed to answer the question, “Are regional conditions in receiving water quality and biota improving in concert with broad implementation of required stormwater management practices?” In 2015, the first round of monitoring evaluated the condition (status) of streams (DeGasperi et al., 2018). Beginning in 2020 and thereafter this study will monitor streams’ changes over time in urban, urbanizing and rural areas of the Puget Lowland. The PSS will follow the protocols developed for the on-going statewide stream health monitoring program-Status and Trends Monitoring for Watershed Health and Salmon Recovery (WHSR) for physical habitat, biological measurements, except for minor changes to water quality parameters to better capture the stormwater-related chemistry signals. In addition this effort will sample sieved sediments for stormwater-related chemistry signals. This QAPP ensures quality data collection, analysis, reporting and management of the SAM PSS monitoring study

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Title Quality Assurance Project Plan: Status and trends monitoring of small streams in the Puget Lowlands ecoregion for Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM)
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Washington State Department of Ecology
Contributing office(s) Washington Water Science Center
Description 58 p.
Country United States
State Washington
Other Geospatial Puget Sound region
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