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Program Overviews

  • Introducing the new in 2012 My Water Quality Web Portal 'Are Our Stream and River Ecosystems Healthy?'
  • California Water Quality Monitoring Council and “My Water Quality” Internet Portals (October 22, 2009)
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    Describes why the California Water Quality Monitoring Council was established, the Council's current activities, and the newly developed "My Water Quality" Website for accessing water quality data.
  • Biological Objectives - Introduction to Bioassessment  »»  Webinar
    Bioassessment is the science of interpreting the ecological condition of an aquatic environment or resource (specifically, a 'waterbody' resource such as a stream). It can also be described as a direct measure of a particular 'waterbody's health' or the 'ecological condition' of a public resource (e.g., streams/rivers) drawn from its resident biota (e.g., fish, insects, algae, plants, etc.). We are using the science of Bioassessment to develop 'Biological Objectives' (for our State) to help protect and improve the quality of California's public waters.
  • Monitoring and Reporting Plans - Project Assessment and Evaluation Plan - 2004 by Carrie Austin
  • Environmental Monitoring Program Design - 2004 by Karen Larsen
  • California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program - SWAMP Update - 2004 by Val Connor

SWAMP Quality Assurance/Comparability

Tools and Methods

  • California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup (2003–2012), including Citizen Monitoring Presentations
  • Establishing Reference Conditions for CA’s Wadeable Perennial Streams (November 2010)
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    Reference conditions describe the physical, chemical and biological attributes of streams occurring in regions with relatively low levels of human disturbance. Objective definition of the reference state is the foundation of biological assessment techniques but also serves many other roles in California’s water quality management programs. This webinar covers the development of California’s standardized approach to defining reference conditions and the initial phases of implementation, including approaches for aligning screening thresholds for different regions of the state.
  • Sublethal Responses to environmental Stressors in Fish: an Integrative Multibiomarker Approach (July 15, 2010)
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    The webinar describes work being performed at the UC Davis Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory on the effects of sublethal ‘stressors’ such as environmental contaminants or pollutants (such as ammonia) on fish (delta smelt).
  • The Importance of a Stream’s Physical Habitat Condition and How to Measure It (Spring - Summer 2010)
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    This webinar and PowerPoint presentation describes all the physical habitat features that are measured using the SWAMP Bioassessment SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) and how that data is used in assessment reports. It also discusses how those measures might be used in the future to produce an Index of Physical Condition. Healthy streams and rivers have complex habitats and physical dimensions that favor a thriving and diverse plant and animal community. The SWAMP physical habitat procedures attempt to measure the physical state of wadeable streams and the human stressors that might alter those measurements.
  • The Ecology of Benthic Macroinvertebrates and How to Collect and Describe Them (June 17, 2010)
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    The webinar describes Benthic macroinvertebrates (BMIs) uses as a water quality indicator for SWAMP assessment reports and will be an integral part of the development of biological objectives. It shows some examples of BMIs, discuss their ecology and explain why they are such good indicators of healthy streams and rivers. It also shows how the BMIs are collected and then processed in the laboratory to produce the biological metrics that are used to create assessment tools such as the SoCal Index of Biological Integrity.
  • A New Tool for Water Quality Assessment - Algae as Bioindicators (October 1, 2009)  »»  Webinar | PowerPoint
    Describes the status of current program and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Algae monitoring.
  • Aquatic Invasive Species: Issues Concerning Water Quality Monitors (December 3, 2009)  »»  Webinar | PowerPoint
    Describes what Aquatic Invasive Species are, the harm they are causing, and some decontamination techniques.
  • Water Quality Goals (February 11, 2010)  »»  Webinar | PowerPoint
    Provides overview of water quality goals, how to apply narrative water quality objectives, water quality goals (report, database and online resources) and algorithms to select water quality assessment thresholds.

Statewide Monitoring Summaries

  • Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs  »»  PowerPoint
    Describes current activities and findings of bioaccumulation studies in fish.

Regional Monitoring Summaries

  • Central Coast (Region 3) Monitoring and Data Assessment Activities (April 1, 2010)  »»  Webinar | PowerPoint
    This webinar will summarize monitoring activities of the Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program and will highlight new CCAMP web-based data display tools.
  • San Francisco Bay Regional Board Regional Monitoring and Data Assessment Activities (April 15, 2010)
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    This webinar will summarize water quality monitoring activities conducted by the San Francisco Bay regional SWAMP from 2000 - 2009 including a lakes study on fish contamination, and water quality and trash assessments in creeks. The regional approach to monitoring and assessment and coordination with other programs is highlighted. San Francisco Estuary Regional Monitoring Program (RMP) activities is also highlighted.
  • Central Valley Regional Board SWAMP Monitoring and Data Assessment Activities (May 6, 2010)
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    This webinar summarizes water quality monitoring activities conducted by the Central Valley regional SWAMP from 2000 - 2009, including coordinated monitoring efforts with Department of Water Resources Northern District, support of the Delta Regional Monitoring Program, Safe-to-Swim studies, and future use of a web based Central Valley monitoring directory. The regional approach to monitoring, assessment, and coordination with other programs will also be highlighted.
  • SWAMP Monitoring and SWAMP leveraged Monitoring in the San Diego Region – past, present, future (June 3, 2010)
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    This webinar gives an overview of the SWAMP monitoring in the San Diego region (R9). Data and assessments from the first five years of the SWAMP rotational watershed monitoring (2001-2005), and the 2007 and 2008 bioassessment studies are discussed. Preliminary results from the first year of the Stormwater Monitoring Coalition (SMC) bioassessment study in Southern California presented. Some SWAMP R9 leveraged projects (e.g. postfire study, Bight ‘08 wetlands eutrophication study) and the coordination with other programs in the San Diego region summarized. The San Diego Data Portal “EcoLayers” introduced. The SWAMP monitoring program for the next 3 years discussed.