Findings of the InWMC’s Integrated Water Monitoring Network Optimization Taskforce
Multiple state, federal, and local agencies and groups conduct water quality monitoring in Indiana. Each organization has its own mandate and reason for monitoring including status/assessment, trends, enforcement, compliance, or general research. Typically, this work is done within the confines of each organization. While this information can provide invaluable insights on Indiana waters, it often isn’t shared due to a lack of coordination, which can lead to expensive duplication of efforts and result in important information overlooked. Even within the water monitoring community there is not a good understanding of existing active monitoring networks within Indiana
This problem was one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Indiana Water Monitoring Council (InWMC). In 2008, the InWMC formed the Integrated Water Monitoring Network Optimization Taskforce with the mandate to begin working to identify and improve coordination and data sharing between the agencies and other organizations that regularly conduct water quality monitoring in Indiana.
The findings of the Integrated Water Monitoring Network Optimization Taskforce are presented in here in An Assessment for Optimization of Water-Quality Monitoring in Indiana, 2017. This paper is for environmental managers, researchers, and interested citizens who need data from sampling sites with long periods of record.
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- Existing Networks
- Assessment of Indiana Monitoring Networks
- Appendices [XLSX]