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Updates to the Procedures for Surface Water Quality Monitoring

Updates to the SWQM Procedures Manual, which describes methods for collecting and analyzing habitat data and physical and chemical monitoring methods for water, sediment, and tissue.

The SWQM Procedures Manual describes methods for collecting and analyzing biological community and habitat data and physical and chemical monitoring methods for water, sediment, and tissue. The Procedures Manual was most recently published in 2012 (Volume 1) and 2007 (Volume 2).

The process for making interim changes to the manuals is outlined in the Procedures for Making Interim Changes to the SWQM Procedures Manuals.

The guidance in updates published on this page supercedes the information in the published manual. 

Updates to Volume 1

The updates provided below supercede the corresponding items in Volume 1: Physical and Chemical Monitoring Methods (RG-415) (August 2012).

Unless otherwise indicated, links are PDF Adobe Acrobat PDF Document documents.

Summary of Changes 

Chapter Updates

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 8

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Procedure Updates

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Updates to Volume 2

These updates provided below supercede the corresponding items in Volume 2: Methods for Collecting and Analyzing Biological Assemblage and Habitat Data (RG-416) (June 2007).

Procedure Updates

Chapter 11

Appendix E

  • Biological Monitoring Fact Sheets (February 2013)
    Updates activities associated with Aquatic Life Monitoring, Aquatic Life Assessments, Use Attainability Analysis, and Receiving Water Assessments.

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