Prior to developing a monitoring program it is essential to think through the scientific process and the steps necessary to create a program where the data collected match the monitoring objectives. The choices you make about your monitoring program will be documented in a written monitoring plan.
All monitoring groups/volunteer monitors are required to attend a water quality monitoring certification workshop held by a CMC service provider or a certified trainer before they begin collecting water quality data for the CMC.
Benthic Macroinvertebrates are a biological indicator that give a holistic view of a freshwater stream’s water quality. All groups interested in benthic monitoring must attend a biological monitoring workshop and become certified monitors.
The CMC team will review methods manuals and quality assurance procedures of active monitoring groups in order to designate a tier and integrate data into the Chesapeake Data Explorer.
Interpreting the monitoring data that your group is collecting is an essential part of understanding your ecosystem.
Tier III groups must demonstrate that they meet the sampling and analytical requirements of the CBP Methods and QA, which must be documented in a separate QAPP and audit process.