Sound Science for Informed Water Quality Management
SWAMP is tasked with assessing water quality in all of California’s surface waters. The program conducts monitoring directly and through collaborative partnerships; and provides numerous information products, all designed to support water resource management in California.
New from SWAMP & SWAMP Partners! Now Available from the Healthy Streams Partnership: California Integrated Assessment of Watershed Health: A report on the Status and Vulnerability of Watershed Health in California, 2013. Prepared by the Cadmus Group, Inc., and the California Healthy Streams Partnership for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA-841-R-14-003. November 2013. 118 pp.
Meet our Partners
SWAMP has developed a rich and varied network of partners over the years. In an effort to showcase these, we will be featuring highlight of various projects in this area. Just click on an icon below and you'll be directed to the project/partner feature page.
Contact Mary Tappel for assistance finding reports, tools, templates, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), or any general monitoring information on this large SWAMP website:
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SWAMP has released the program’s first Freshwater Algae Report: (The) Condition of California Perennial, Wadeable Streams Based on Algal Indicators - October 2013. SWAMP's overall algae work can be found at: Freshwater Algae Reports.
From SWAMP Partners! In April 2012, a scientific advisory panel named the "Ecosystems Panel (Panel)" provided recommendations for the monitoring of Constituents of Emerging Concern (CECs) in aquatic ecosystems. We now have the September 2013 CECs Stakeholders and Technical Advisory Kick-off Meeting Presentations Available.
The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) is pleased to present the 2012 update to the SWAMP Achievements Report. The Achievements Report highlights recent accomplishments of SWAMP and its partners, framing the many projects SWAMP is a part of in the context of their value to the State of California and the public at large.
Statewide Survey Maps Sport Fish Contamination in California Rivers and Streams - Concentrations of contaminants such as methylmercury and pesticides in sport fish were found to be low at the majority of locations sampled in the first-ever systematic statewide survey of California rivers and streams.
The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program has updated the Quality Control and Sample Handling guidelines for the program. The new tables replace Measurement Quality Objectives, Sample Handling and Corrective Action that previously appeared in the 2008 SWAMP Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPrP). The tables are now easier to find and are organized by matrix and analytical category on the SWAMP website. To link to the new tables click here.
SWAMP's Bioaccumulation Oversight Group (BOG) convened a workshop on the issue of freshwater cyanotoxins, to reduce the substantial gap in statewide monitoring efforts related to freshwater cyanotoxins. The Summary Report from this workshop is 'Assessing Cyanotoxins in California Fresh Water Habitats'.
Initial Trends in Chemical Contamination, Toxicity and Land Use in California Watersheds – Field Years 2009-2010. This report covers the second annual survey and identifies both statewide and regional trends of toxicity and chemical contamination, and the watershed land uses associated with their presence in California streams. Appendices | Fact Sheet | Press Release
Ecosystem Health, Water Board's Performance Report FY 11-12 - Includes environmental health information for our coastal areas, streams, wetlands and lakes.
Survey Reveals High Methylmercury in Coastal Sport Fish:
SWAMP has released the 'Coastal Study - Bioaccumulation in Sport Fish'. Methylmercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) continue to be significant concerns in sport fish surveyed on the California coast, according to a two-year state survey.
SWAMP's Bioassessment Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
These SOPs include procedures for collecting (sampling) benthic macroinvertebrate (BMI) assemblages, algae, and the associated physical habituate and chemical data for ambient bioassessments.
SWAMP Field Methods Course - Now complete with the addition of Module 7: Biological & Physical Assessments