Successful integration efforts in water quality from the integrated Ocean Observing System Regional Associations and the National Water Quality Monitoring Network

Rob Ragsdale, Eric Vowinkel, Dwayne Porter, Pixie Hamilton, Ru Morrison, Josh Kohut, Bob Connell, Heath Kelsey, Phil Trowbridge

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Abstract

The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Regional Associations and Interagency Partners hosted a water quality workshop in January 2010 to discuss issues of nutrient enrichment and dissolved oxygen depletion (hypoxia), harmful algal blooms (HABs), and beach water quality. In 2007, the National Water Quality Monitoring Council piloted demonstration projects as part of the National Water Quality Monitoring Network (Network) for U.S. Coastal Waters and their Tributaries in three IOOS Regional Associations, and these projects are ongoing. Examples of integrated science-based solutions to water quality issues of major concern from the IOOS regions and Network demonstration projects are explored in this article. These examples illustrate instances where management decisions have benefited from decision-support tools that make use of interoperable data. Gaps, challenges, and outcomes are identified, and a proposal is made for future work toward a multiregional water quality project for beach water quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalMarine Technology Society Journal
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Ocean Engineering

Keywords

  • IOOS®
  • National Water Quality Monitoring Network
  • Water quality

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