Water Quality Sampling and Monitoring
Water Quality Sampling and Monitoring Approach
Water quality and ecosystem monitoring has involved an extensive
effort in the collection, management, and analysis of data on rainfall,
streamflow, instream water quality, combined sewer overflows (CSOs)
and storm water quality, biological communities and habitat, instream
bottom sediment, air deposition, and aesthetic conditions. In addition,
the monitoring program includes measurement of the performance of
various storm water best management practices (BMPs) including structural
controls, wetlands, and nonstructural controls.
Since 1993, approximately 17,000 water quality samples were analyzed
for conventional and priority pollutants and bacteria. Samples were
taken of stream water quality, sediments, CSO effluent and storm
water. The 1996 biological sampling involved a comprehensive assessment
of 83 sites along 200 miles of waterway. Bottom sediment samples
at over 180 locations were also analyzed for a variety of parameters.
The RPO worked in close cooperation with the United States Geological
Survey, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, University
of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Wayne County Department
of Environmental Health in the development and execution of the
Current work on monitoring is targeted at developing a long-term
monitoring plan for assessing the "health" of the Rouge
River. This program will be designed to assess long-term trends,
document compliance with the water quality standards, and will be
consistent with upcoming policy from United States Environmental
Protection Agency regarding wet weather monitoring for watershed
planning. In addition, the Project is developing policies that are
based upon resource monitoring as a trade off to end-pipe monitoring.
The concepts have been accepted by the Urban Wet Weather Federal
Advisory Committee and are in the process of being accepted by the
local decision makers in the watershed.
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Water Quality Sampling & Monitoring
Last Updated: 11/28/2005
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The Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration
Project is funded, in part, by the United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Grants #XP995743-01, -02, -03, -04, -05, -06, -07 and