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1 National Water Quality Monitoring Council Collaboration and Outreach Workgroup -- Update February 1, 2011 Cathy Tate (USGS) and Barb Horn (Colorado Division of Wildlife), Co-chairs Kim Martz, Executive Secretary of C & O Workgroup The Collaboration and Outreach Workgroup supports partnerships that foster collaboration among the water monitoring community, including State, Regional, and Tribal councils, as well as watershed groups, partnerships, and alliances

2 Strategic Workplan for 2011 Primary Goals 1. Sponsor Web Seminars at least quarterly 2. Create a Council Blog for feedback 3. Produce a biannual Newsletter (Spring and Fall 2011) 4. Expand communication with other Councils and partners 5. Update Council’s Webpage(s) 6. Refine online "How to” tool kit for state, regional, and tribal councils a. Create new power point presentations b. Produce model analysis (or matrix) of water monitoring councils 7. Plan for 8th National Monitoring Council in Portland, Oregon Plan posted at

3 Web Seminars Marcellus Monitoring: The role of volunteers in baseline data collection Presented on Jan. 18 th &19 th presentation by Jinnie Woodward, Julie Vastine, and Candie Wilderman, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) Environmental Studies Dept., Dickinson College, PA  Webinar well attended – over 106 participants

4 Web Seminars Marcellus Monitoring by volunteers 600 people trained since 2010 (ALLARM & others) Study design and protocol document What they monitor chemical monitoring (TDS, conductance, Barium, Stronitium) visual assessments flow monitoring (relation to TDS) Data use: decision tree to know when to report to PA DEP QA/QC practices Data management: created a template to store date Presentation slides at:

5 Suggested Topics and speakers Volunteer Monitoring Programs – Linda Green, University of Rhode Island, Watershed Watch Program Director (early 2011) Tribal Research – Dave Fuller, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe (early 2011?) Methods Board & NEMI – Dan Sullivan, USGS, Co-Chair Methods Board Sensors and their applications – March 17 th * Introduction to NEMI – June 16 th * *In collaboration with California Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Water Smart Initiative? – Wendy Norton, coordinate (Spring 2011?) Great Lakes energy water nexus project – John Hummer (Fall 2011) Chesapeake Bay Issues – Peter Tango; Chesapeake Bay workshop for criteria – discuss if “umbrella criteria” can be used. (Fall 2011?) Nutrient Criteria? – follow up on Pensacola discussion (Summer/Fall 2011?)

6 Blogs and Social Media Tools Council Calendar – let Cathy Tate or Dan Sullivan know when there is something going on! Council Blog – paperwork submitted Exploring use of “SharePoint” for internal information exchange (e.g., planning for conference, workgroups)

7 “National Water Monitoring News” An Online Newsletter for the Water Monitoring Community Released twice per year April 11, 2011 – target date for 3 rd Edition Articles with photos due February 25, 2011 Send to Editorial Board Cathy Tate, John Hummer, Alice Mayio, Dan Sullivan, Wendy Norton,

8 “National Water Monitoring News” Major Sections of Newsletter National Council Highlights New members, National Monitoring Conference, Web seminars, etc., Collaboration through Partnerships (Spotlights on) Federal, Regional, State, Volunteer, and Tribal monitoring Workgroup Updates Aquatic Sensors, Water Information Strategies, etc., National Monitoring Networks Articles of Interest Announcements

9 Expand communication with other Councils and partners in monitoring – Council “calling card”

10 The National Council currently interacts with more than 17 Councils and partnerships across the Nation – more to come!

11 Analysis of Council Webpage Usage Goal: Determine web usage and web areas most and least used Purpose: Assist in webpage updates, discover the audiences reached, improve visibility of least used webpage(s), etc., Total yearly hits have increased over time 2010: 373, : 368, : 317, : 319,673 Specific webpage use – summarization in progress

12 Refine online "How to” tool kit for state, regional, and tribal councils Create/Update power point presentations Still need a lead this effort Produce model analysis (or matrix) of water monitoring councils Team includes Barb Horn (lead), Jody Arthur, Alice Mayio, and David Fuller Constructed a survey Content needs Council approval Send to monitoring communities to fill out

13 8 th National Monitoring Conference Where: Portland, Oregon When: April 30 – May 4, 2012 (ends mid-day on Friday) With Who: National River Rally, May 4 - 7, 2012 (begins Friday evening); River Network national meeting Overlap Day – May 4 th Council Input/Participation Needed: Themes for Conference Participation on Subcommittees

14 Conference Subcommittees Program committee – Conference planning committee NWQMC/River Rally subcommittee Local Planning Committee Plenary Committee Workshops/Panels/Extended Sessions Committee Awards Committee Sponsors/Exhibitors Committee Conference Volunteers Local Council Members

15 NWQMC/River Rally overlap subcommittee Members: Katherine Luscher (River Network), Cathy Tate, Alice Mayio, Greg Pettit, Aaron Boriesenko, Steve Hanson, Barb Horn, Jeff Schloss, Danielle Donkersloot Purpose: Develop program of interest to both groups Theme: (ONE) One Resource – One Effort – One Future What subcommittee is up to: Expect a Survey asking you “What would you like to get out of a day of overlap of the National Monitoring Conference and River Rally?”

16 Potential Timeline for Conference Planning Activities 2011 Jan 2011: Start work on "Save the Date" announcement Feb/Mar 2011: Issue "Save the Date" announcement, begin work on plenary speakers, field trips, offsite reception, sponsors, etc. May 2011: Issue Call for Abstracts Sept 2011: Abstract and workshop/panel/etc., Submittal Deadline Oct – Dec 2011: Evaluation and Selection of Abstracts for oral and poster presentations, workshops/panels, etc., Dec/Jan 2012: Notification of Speakers

17 Potential Timeline for Conference Planning Activities 2012 Jan 2012: Rollout registration website Jan 2012: Finalize conference agenda including details regarding plenary speakers, field trips, short courses, workshops, offsite reception, etc., Mar 2012: Work with presenters/moderators/vendors and finalize conference structure/agenda April 30 – May 4, 2012: Hold NWQMC Conference


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