Water Quality Monitoring

HCB6 090705 Chris A samplingEnvironmental nonprofits across New Jersey are actively engaged in collecting, recording, and reporting water quality data. Whether through the efforts of professional staff, external consultants, or citizen volunteers, gathering this data is vital in many ways. It informs us about the health of our waterways, identifies problems that might otherwise go undetected, and can be used as a tool to educate and engage the public in environmental stewardship.

This page is a clearinghouse of resources for environmental nonprofits to share with one another. If there are resources you would like to see here, or resources you would like to add to the list, please contact the Watershed Institute Coordinator.

Quality Assurance Action Plans (QAPPs)resources

Pre/Post Dam Removal Biological Monitoring QAPP (Musconetcong Watershed Association)
NJDEP Bacteria Monitoring QAPP (Great Swamp Watershed Association)
Volunteer Chemical Action Team Monitoring QAPP (Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association)
Volunteer Biological Action Team Monitoring QAPP (Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association)

Volunteer Monitoring Protocols

Volunteer Stream Monitoring: A Methods Manual (EPA Office of Water)
Field Sampling Procedures Manual (NJDEP)
Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect our Waters (EPA Office of Water)
Safe Waters, Healthy Waters: Bacteria Monitoring Guide (Center for Watershed Protection)
Chemical Action Team Off-Site Procedures (Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association)
Chemical Action Team On-Site Procedures (Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association)
StreamWatch Volunteer Water Monitoring Handbook (Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association)
Monitoring Protocol Videos (Clean Water Team/California State Water Resources Control Board)

Watershed Reports

2015 Water Quality Report Card (Musconetcong Watershed Association)
2015 Great Swamp Watershed Water Quality Report Card (Great Swamp Watershed Association)
2010 State of the Streams Report (Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association)

Macroinvertebrate Analysis Tools

High Gradient Macroinvertebrate Index Worksheet w/ Instructions (Raritan Headwaters Association)

NJ Confluence Volunteer Water Monitoring Summit

2015 Presentations and Resources

Web-Based Tools

Model My Watershed, a web app which allows users to analyze and model land use data and best management practices on their local streams and watersheds.
Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database, an online database of literature sources containing information on the effectiveness of coastal green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards.