Principles and Practices of Water Quality Monitoring

  • Authors: Michael, J.L.
  • Publication Year: 2001
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: In: Water, aquatic resources, and vegetation management: twenty-second annual forest vegetation mangement conference proceedings. 2001 January 16-18. Redding, CA. 34-41. Forest Vegetation Management Conference, Redding CA.

Abstract

There are many activities in forest management that may affect water quality, i.e., timber harvestine, road building,mechanical and chemical site preparation, release operations, fuel reduction,wildlife opening maintenance, etc. How severely they affect water quality depends on how well the person in charge of the operation understands the activity itself, the potential problems, and how well that person manages or oversees the operation. Water quality monitoring provides basic information fundamental to the understanding of the condition of surface and ground water. It allows us to identify changes or trends in water quality over time, to establish baseline conditions for specific sites, determine whether program goals are being met, accumulate knowledge necessary for development of remediation programs, identify specific existing or emerging water quality problems, and identify and respond to emergencies. Some other reasons for monitoring include:

  • National Environmental Policy Act of 1969
  • Federal Water Pollution Control Act and Amendments of 1972
  • Clean Water Act of 1972 and Amendments of 1977
  • Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974
  • National Forest Management Act of 1976
  • Water Quality Act of 1987
  • Risk Assessment
  • Contract Validation
  • Support For Or In Defense Of Litigation
  • Good Stewardship

    • Citation: Michael, J.L. 2001. Principles and Practices of Water Quality Monitoring. In: Water, aquatic resources, and vegetation management: twenty-second annual forest vegetation mangement conference proceedings. 2001 January 16-18. Redding, CA. 34-41. Forest Vegetation Management Conference, Redding CA.
    • Posted Date: January 1, 2000
    • Modified Date: August 22, 2006
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