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's Bioaccumulation Oversight Group (BOG) convened a workshop on the issue of freshwater cyanotoxins. The impetus for the workshop was the recognition that there is a substantial gap in statewide monitoring efforts related to freshwater cyanotoxins. The Summary Report from this workshop is 'Assessing Cyanotoxins in California Fresh Water Habitats'.
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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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.
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 trends of toxicity and chemical contamination, and the watershed land uses associated with their presence in California streams. The report also covers Regional trends for the same study period. Appendices | Fact Sheet | Press Release
SWAMP has announced the long awaited release of the SWAMP Field Methods Course. You can review and use this new SWAMP resource here.
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' results of a two-year study. 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.
2011 SWAMP Achievements Report recognizing our achievements, and our partners and collaborators.
Toxicity in California Waters
Complete report of nine years of toxicity testing data collected by SWAMP and partner programs.
Statewide Perspective on Chemicals of Concern and Connections between Stream Water Quality and Land Use - Field Year
This report covers the first annual survey and identifies chemicals of concern and the watershed land uses associated with their presence in California streams. The data collected can be used in a space-for-time-swap approach to estimate the effect that further land use change (such as increasing urbanization) would have on stream water quality in California.
8-Year PSA Report: Ecological Condition Assessments of California’s Perennial Wadeable Streams (2000 through 2007): Novel use of probability surveys to assess the condition of streams draining agricultural, urban, and forested landscapes.
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.
Bioassessment Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)
The goal of this QAPP is to compile the minimum data quality standards necessary for measurement of benthic macroinvertebrates.
SWAMP Field Methods Course - Now complete with the addition of Module 7: Biological & Physical Assessments