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Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

The Long Term Resource Monitoring Program

An element of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration - Environmental Management Program

Water Quality

Upper Mississippi River Restoration - Environmental Management Program U. S. Army Corps of Enineers

Standardized Monitoring
Background
Methods
      Fixed Site Sampling
      Stratified Random Sampling
Sampling History
Data Download
Data Summaries and Tools
      Stratified Random Sampling
      Fixed Site Sampling
Stratified Random Sampling sites
      (LTRMP Field Station Use Only)
Focused Research
Habitat suitability
Nutrient loading
Primary production
Backwater effects
Metaphyton
USGS Scientist
Water quality in the Upper Mississippi River System is important in determining habitat quality and ecosystem function.

Standardized monitoring is done with two different designs. A Stratified Random Sampling (SRS) design is used to estimate parameters within six selected study reaches. A Fixed Site Sampling (FSS) design is used to collect data from selected tributaries and selected sites in, or near, the study reaches. The objective is to track status and trends in the selected parameters.

Some parameters are measured in situ using automated field data collection software. Water samples are retained for laboratory analysis of such parameters as nutrients.

Focused research is used to answer specific management questions that often cover multicomponent topics at varied spatial scales. The studies may utilize the standard monitoring data or other existing data, or require separate field data collection efforts.

Component specialist: Jeff Houser

Quick links
LTRMP Reports and Publications
Sampling Design and Statistics
Water Quality Procedures Manual
 
Strategic Plan 2010-2014
Status and Trends Report 2008

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