There are many groups out there already collecting water quality data!
The CMC team will review methods manuals and QA procedures of active monitoring groups in order to designate a tier and integrate the group into the CMC database. During this review the CMC service provider compares a group’s monitoring protocols against the CMC approved methods using a dichotomous key and provides feedback.
Feedback generally includes items to be added in order for data to be included in the tiered framework or suggestions for data to move up a tier. Data that does not qualify for a tier is marked as provisional and is not passed on to the Bay Program.
These minimum requirements must be met in order for the CMC service providers to conduct a methods review and for data to be entered into the CMC database:
Monitoring programs are evaluated based on the following criteria to establish a tier level: