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									State/Regional Water Monitoring Council Matrix

Council Name                        Goals or Objectives                                   Membership                                                     Activities                                                       Funding                           Dues & Other Info
Colorado Water Quality              §    Provide a forum for effective                    Individuals/organizations who are involved in water            Top 5 Targeted Actions for 2002:                                 In 2002, received a grant         Individual members shall
Monitoring Council                  communication, cooperation, collaboration, and        quality (or quantity) monitoring in Colorado, participate in   §     Identify information needs and conduct a data swap for     from USEPA and donations          pay reasonable dues, as
                                    documentation among individuals and                   at least one watershed/basin group or association; and         river basins about to undergo triennial review, with the South   from various Colorado             defined by the Council.      organizations involved in monitoring.                 agrees to share data and cooperate with other                  Platte River Basin for 2002.                                     agencies and organizations.       Contributions will be sought
ault_2002.htm                       §    Promote the development of collaborative         monitoring entities – over 100 members                         §     Encourage/facilitate two-way transfer of information                                         from sponsoring
                                    and cost effective watershed-based monitoring                                                                        about monitoring strategies and current programs to and from                                       organizations.
                                    strategies.                                           Representing:                                                  watershed groups.
                                    §    Promote the use of quality assurance             State Agencies, Local Agencies, Federal Agencies,              §     Identify and document the water-quality information                                          Non-voting body that
                                    procedures and protocols related to sample            Academia, Volunteer Groups/ Environmental                      needs of members.                                                                                  operates through
                                    collection, analytical methods, assessment,           Organizations, Intergovernmental Organizations,                §     Develop a strategy to work more closely with watershed                                       consensus.
                                    data management and dissemination.                    Consultants and Industry, Watershed/Basin Monitoring           groups that are doing or plan to do water-quality monitoring.
                                    §    Provide strategic direction for a statewide      Groups                                                         §     Enable Council to raise funds by obtaining 501c status
                                    structure for the acquisition, analysis, archiving,                                                                  and develop visual identity (logo).
                                    and dissemination of water-quality information.
Lake Michigan Monitoring            § Document monitoring activities, identify            31 members:                                                    10 Monitoring Networks Work Groups: Air, Aquatic Nuisance        The Great Lakes Commission        See the LMMCC
Coordination Council            data gaps and contribute to the development of            (8) State agencies (one representative each from the           Species, Fisheries, Ground Water, Land Use, Open Lake,           will provide secretariat          Framework:
                                a monitoring framework for the Lake Michigan              environmental protection and resource management               Recreational Waters, Tributaries, Wetlands, and Wildlife         support to the council and basin in conjunction with other plans.                    agencies/divisions from the states of Michigan, Indiana,                                                                        shall administer funding for      mcc/lmmcc_02.pdf
index.html                      §     Establish and maintain collaborative                Illinois and Wisconsin);                                       These working groups will each base their efforts to             council operations and for
                                partnerships that link federal, state, tribal, local      (7) Federal agencies (a total of seven from U.S. EPA           coordinate existing networks around a common set of              special projects of interest to   In the event that consensus
                                and non-governmental monitoring organizations             Region 5, U.S. EPA -Great Lakes National Program               considerations: monitoring objectives; spatial, temporal, and    the council members. Council      cannot be reached on a
                                and initiatives in the Lake Michigan basin to             Office, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife         parameter network design; methods comparability; QA/QC           members shall be expected         specific decision, the
                                allow for the assessment of ecosystem                     Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric                      planning; database sharing; and data analysis approaches.        to make every effort to cover     matter shall be decided by
                                resources in the basin.                                   Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the                                                                               expenses associated with          a two -thirds vote of the
                                §     Foster the implementation of monitoring             Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the                3 Collaboration & Outreach Work Groups: Technical                their involvement. Limited        members present.
                                activities that document data quality and are             Federal Energy Regulatory Commission);                         Coordination, Communication/Outreach, and Conference             funds may be available to
                                comparable throughout the basin.                          (2) Tribal authorities/associations;                           Planning                                                         assist with meeting-related
                                §     Support information networks that link              (2) Business, industry and consultants;                                                                                         expenses for non-
                                basinwide information systems and allow                   (1) Agricultural groups;                                       See specific products listed online for each of the above work   government council
                                efficient sharing and updating of monitoring              (2) Local volunteer or environmental groups;                   groups.                                                          members.
                                information.                                              (4) Sea Grant Programs or university -based institutes;
                                §     Provide guidance and assistance to                  (1) Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP)                                                                               Background:
                                members of the council so they can improve                Forum;                                                                                                                          The Great Lakes
                                general awareness of the value of monitoring.             (4) Local government/planning agencies; and                                                                                     Commission, a compact
                                Assist council members and workgroups with                Great Lakes Fishery Commission.                                                                                                 agency of the eight Great
                                techniques to announce, distribute, and                                                                                                                                                   Lakes states, was invited to
                                promote their products for use by the Lake                Ex officio members will include the chair of the Technical                                                                      provide secretariat support
                                Michigan monitoring community.                            Coordination Committee of the Lake Michigan LaMP and                                                                            for the council with funding
                                                                                          a representative from the Great Lakes Commission.                                                                               initially provided by the U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          EPA Lake Michigan Team.
                                                                                          Each entity shall appoint an alternate representative.
                                                                                          Members shall be eligible for reappointment.

State/Regional Water Monitoring Council Matrix                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1
Council Name                        Goals or Objectives                           Membership                                                  Activities                                                        Funding                          Dues & Other Info
Maryland Water Monitoring           §
                                Provide a forum for effective                     General membership in the Council will be open to           §    Small Stream Sampling Design Workshops                       Several events and people
Council                     communication, cooperation, and collaboration         individuals from agencies, organizations and groups with    §    Online database of non-tidal water quality monitoring        came together in early 1995
                            among individuals and organizations involved in       responsibility for, or participation in, water monitoring   programs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed                          that provided the impetus for monitoring.                                           activities.                                                 §    Online clickable map of individuals and organizations        the creation of the MWMC
                            §   Promote the development of collaborative          The Board of Directors shall consist of 21 individuals      collecting water quality monitoring data in MD                    (Established by the DNR in
                            watershed-based monitoring strategies.                representing the following categories:                      §    “A STRATEGY FOR A STREAM-GAGING NETWORK                      1996). Key activities were the
                            §   Document monitoring activities in                 State Agencies (4 representatives - at least one each       IN MARYLAND”                                                      national Intergovernmental
                            Maryland.                                             from DNR and MDE)                                           §    Evaluating existing ground-water level networks in           Task Force on Monitoring
                            §   Promote the use of quality assured                Local Agencies (4 representatives)                          Maryland in order to make recommendations for their               (ITFM) Water Quality and the
                            procedures for sample collection, performance         Federal Agencies (2 representatives)                        enhancement and optimization                                      approval of an EPA grant,
                            based analytical methods, assessment, data            Volunteer Groups-Environmental Organizations (2             §    Annual MWMC Conferences (currently planning 10th)            which provided funding for
                            management, and reporting.                            representatives - one of which has statewide affiliation)                                                                     staff support.
                                                                                  Academia (2 representatives)
                                                                                  Intergovernmental organizations (1 representative)
                                                                                  Consultants and Industry (2 representatives)
                                                                                  At-large (4 representatives)
                                                                                  The Secretary of Natural Resources shall appoint board
                                                                                  members of the Council.
Oklahoma Water Quality              §
                                    Develop and implement collaborative,          Members include:                                            Convene meetings and symposia for the purpose of achieving
Monitoring Council              watershed-based monitoring strategies.            State Agencies (8); Local Government (3); Federal           collaboration, communication and information exchange
                                §   Provide a forum for effective                 Agencies (5); Tribal Government (2); Volunteer Groups-      among those engaged in water quality monitoring activities; communication, cooperation, and collaboration     Environmental Organizations (2); Academia (2); At-large
/okwater/index.asp              among individuals and organizations involved in   Members (3)                                                 Encourage cooperative efforts to evaluate existing sampling
                                monitoring.                                                                                                   and analytical methods to determine those most appropriate
                                §   Document monitoring activities in                                                                         for water monitoring programs and for the water types found
                                Oklahoma using state of the art tools such as                                                                 in Oklahoma;
                                GIS-based mapping techniques.
                                §   Promote the use of quality assured                                                                        Identify environmental measures necessary and appropriate
                                procedures for sample collection, analytical                                                                  for each monitoring program's purpose; and
                                methods, assessment, and data management.
                                                                                                                                              Develop an Oklahoma Water Quality Monitoring Plan which
                                                                                                                                              §    development of recommended procedures for data
                                                                                                                                              management and quality assurance
                                                                                                                                              §    identifies and promotes the use of appropriate statistical
                                                                                                                                              and interpretative procedures for the presentation of findings
                                                                                                                                              in both technical and non-technical formats

                                                                                                                                              Also see tasks listed online under each of the Council’s
                                                                                                                                              committees: Monitoring Program, Education & Outreach,
                                                                                                                                              QA/QC & Sampling Design, GIS & Data Storage

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Council Name                        Goals or Objectives                               Membership                                                     Activities                                                     Funding                          Dues & Other Info
Virginia Water Monitoring     Major goals of the VWMC are:                            Membership and participation in the activities of the          Establish a communication forum for monitors, including        2004 Financial Supporters:
Council                       §    Enhance coordination, collaboration, and           VWMC are open to any person, organization or agency            §    Sponsorship of statewide symposia and workshops on        Virginia Water Resources
                              communication among government agencies ,               with responsibility for, or interest in, water monitoring in   water monitoring                                               Research Center; Virginia organizations, and individuals involved in              Virginia.                                                      §    Establishment of a water monitoring inventory that        Department of Forestry;
                              monitoring                                                                                                             documents and describes water monitoring programs              USGS; Individual VWMMC
                              §    Encourage effective and efficient use of           The VWMC activities will be implemented through                throughout the Commonwealth (searchable inventory is           members
                              monitoring resources (e.g., labor, finances, and        working committees that are chartered by the VWMC              currently online)
                              equipment)                                              Steering Committee and comprised of the Council's              §    Organization of focus groups to develop watershed         The responsibilities of the
                              §    Facilitate the transfer of water monitoring        membership. The VWMC Steering Committee will                   based monitoring plans                                         Finance Task Force include
                              information                                             facilitate the activities of the Council.                                                                                     developing a short-term and
                                                                                      The Steering Committee will be comprised of up to              Facilitate sharing of technical information, including         long-term financial base for
                                                                                      twenty-five voting member organizations. Due to their          §     Monitoring strategies and protocols                      the Virginia Water Monitoring
                                                                                      ongoing responsibilities for monitoring, the following         §     Quality Assurance/Quality Control protocols for data     Council in order to make its
                                                                                      agencies shall be permanent member organizations of            collection, compilation, and management                        programs sustainable. In
                                                                                      the Steering Committee: USGS and Virginia DEQ. The             §     Standardized data storage and exchange formats           2002/2003, the Task Force
                                                                                      USEPA will have an advisory role and serve as a non-           Tools for integrating biological data with physical and        set up an account for the
                                                                                      voting member of the Steering Committee. The Steering          chemical data                                                  VWMC through the Virginia
                                                                                      Committee will be comprised of organizations that                                                                             Tech Foundation so that
                                                                                      include: governmental agencies (local, state, and                                                                             individuals and corporations
                                                                                      federal); members of the regulated community;                                                                                 can make tax-deductible
                                                                                      academics; nonprofit environmental groups; and                                                                                contributions to the Council.
                                                                                      professional and trade associations.                                                                                          The committee also
                                                                                      The Steering Committee will vote on new Steering                                                                              developed a list of
                                                                                      Committee members.                                                                                                            corporations to request
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    funding. Future activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    include requesting a line item
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for the Council in the state
Texas Water Monitoring              The goals of the TWMC are to:                     General Membership on TWMC will be open to                     The Council shall periodically convene meetings and                                             Registration fees from the
Council                             1. Raise public awareness of the value and use    individuals from agencies, organizations and groups with       symposia for the purpose of achieving collaboration,                                            Texas Water Monitoring
                                    of water monitoring data.                         responsibility for, or participation in, water monitoring      communication and information exchange among those                                              Congresses have been               2. Provide a forum for effective communication,   activities. TWMC membership shall include all Charter          engaged in water monitoring activities.                                                         sufficient to fund the
                                    cooperation, and collaboration among              Member organizations (TX Water Development Board;                                                                                                              Congresses, print and
                                    individuals and organizations involved in water   TX Natural Resource Conservation Commission; TX                The Council may issue documents and reports to further                                          distribute the Proceedings,
                                    monitoring in Texas.                              Parks and Wildlife Dept; USGS; USACE – Galveston               enhance communication and information exchange among                                            and to cover ancillary
                                    3. Help serve the public’s need for water         and Fort Worth; USEPA; USFWS; National Weather                 those in the water monitoring community.                                                        costs.
                                    resources information through:                    Service; Lower Colorado River Authority; Brazos River
                                          §    Supporting the development and         Authority; Sabine River Authority; Houston Galveston           The full TWMC shall meet a minimum of four times a year. It                                     The focus of the Council is
                                               maintenance of optimal water data      Area Council).                                                 is the intention to have the meeting places vary in order to                                    to establish and maintain
                                               collection networks,                                                                                  promote broad-based participation.                                                              working committees whose
                                          §    Providing multiple outlets for         Any additional organizations will be considered for                                                                                                            purpose is to facilitate the
                                               disseminating water data including     membership upon receipt of a letter from their chiefThe TWMC shall convene a biennial water resources                                                          progress of, or track the
                                               electronic networks,                   executive officer(s). All interested parties will bemonitoring conference (or Congress) to address statewide                                                   fate of, the
                                          §    Developing standard data storage       welcome to attend TWMC meetings as nonvoting        water resource monitoring needs in the fall of even numbered                                               recommendations from the
                                               and exchange formats,                  members.                                            years and shall prepare a report on the overall status of water                                            Congresses.
                                          §    Documenting water monitoring                                                               resource monitoring in Texas with recommendations for
                                               activities, and                        TWMC shall operate through consensus building among improvements. Fees for attending the conference shall pay for
                                          §    Developing collaborative regional      its members.                                        the publication of the report.
                                               watershed monitoring plans.
                                    4. Promote the use of high quality standardized                                                                  (Proceedings from 1996 – 2002 are available on the Council’s
                                    procedures for water data collection,                                                                            website)
                                    performance-based analytical methods,
                                    assessment, data management, and reporting.

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Council Name                        Goals or Objectives                                   Membership                                                Activities                                                        Funding                          Dues & Other Info
New England Regional         NERMC coordinates the delivery of training and               Partners include River Network; MA Water Watch            Production of a set of manuals, videos and training aids for      This project is financed in
Monitoring Collaborative     related services to volunteer watershed                      Partnership; University of Maine Cooperative Extension    volunteer groups                                                  part by the United States
                             monitoring groups in New England. This                       and Department of Public Affairs; UNH Cooperative                                                                           Environmental Protection collaborative improves our ability to be                     Extension Lakes Monitoring Program; URI Cooperative       Workshops on the following topics:                                Agency.
p/nermc/                     proactive in developing sampling and action                  Extension Watershed Watch; CT DEP Bureau of Water         §   Watershed Resource Inventories
                             strategies, prevent redundancies of effort,                  Management                                                §   Rapid and Intensive Habitat Assessments
                             increase the level of expertise of volunteers and                                                                      §   Benthic Macroinvertebrate Assessments
                             improve program quality and effectiveness. In                                                                          §   On-site Non-point Source Pollution Evaluation
                             addition we strive to increase the use of low
                             cost and user-friendly watershed monitoring                                                                            Creation of a regional trainer network in New England – “Train
                             tools by making training and related services                                                                          the Trainer” workshops
                             more accessible.

                                    Institution of an evaluation and planning
                                          §     to assess the current and emerging
                                                needs of volunteer monitoring
                                          §     assess our capability to meet the
                                                demand, and
                                          §     develop strategies to strengthen
                                                volunteer monitoring as an integral
                                                component of the New England
                                                environmental decision-making
Wisconsin Groundwater               To "serve as a means of increasing the                The GCC consists of high-level administrators of all      §       The Groundwater Coordinating Council is required by s.    Administrative support for the   In 1984, the Legislature
Coordinating Council                efficiency and facilitating the effective             state agencies with some responsibility for groundwater     15.347, Wis. Stats., to prepare an annual report to the         GCC is provided by the           enacted Wisconsin Act 410
                                    functioning of state agencies in activities related   management plus a Governor's representative. The            Legislature which "summarizes the operations and activities     Wisconsin Department of          to improve the     to groundwater management." The GCC                   state agencies include the Departments of Natural           of the council..., describes the state of the groundwater       Natural Resources.               management of the state's
water/dwg/gcc/index.htm             "advises and assists state agencies in the            Resources (DNR); Agriculture, Trade and Consumer            resource and its management and sets forth the                                                   groundwater. This act
                                    coordination of non-regulatory programs and           Protection (DATCP); Health and Family Services              recommendations of the council.”                                                                 required establishment of a
                                    the exchange of information related to                (DHFS); Transportation (DOT); Commerce; the                 §     Facilitated the 2001 Groundwater Summit in WI                                              Groundwater Coordinating
                                    groundwater, including, but not limited to,           University of Wisconsin System (UWS); and the               (summary is available on the Council’s website)                                                  Council (GCC) to be made
                                    agency budgets for groundwater programs,              Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey             §     Establishes priorities for groundwater research and                                        up of representatives of
                                    groundwater monitoring, data management,              (WGNHS).                                                    monitoring activities and reviews proposals submitted through                                    state agencies with
                                    public information and education, laboratory                                                                      the state’s joint solicitation process for project funding                                       groundwater protection
                                    analysis and facilities, research activities and      The GCC also has five subcommittees to assist in its        §     “Recommended Minim Elements for Groundwater
                                                                                                                                                                                      um                                                               responsibilities. The GCC
                                    the appropriation and allocation of state funds       work. Additionally, the DNR has one permanent position Databases”, 2002                                                                                      prepares an annual Report
                                    for research."                                        with half -time responsibilities related to coordination of §     “Directory of Groundwater Databases”, 1998                                                 to the Legislature due each
                                                                                          the GCC.                                                    §     Karst Inventory and Mapping Initiative                                                     August.
                                    The GCC meets quarterly to discuss issues of                                                                      §     Smart Growth Fact Sheets
                                    interest and make decisions regarding
                                    groundwater issues of concern.

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Council Name                        Goals or Objectives                               Membership                                                   Activities                                                     Funding                         Dues & Other Info
Montana Watershed                   §Serve as a forum that established a strong       The Council consists of representatives from state and       See tasks listed online under each of the Council’s work       The Council did set up a        The Chair will strive for
Coordination Council           link with local watershed groups needing               federal agencies, tribal governments, and citizen            groups:                                                        Funding Work Group to help      consensus when a decision
                               assistance to help enhance, conserve, and              organizations. Participation is open to local planning                                                                      find sustainable core funding   is to be made by the protect natural resources and sustain the high         groups, state and federal agencies, individuals, and         Agenda Work Group                                              for all watershed groups in     Council. If consensus
sheds/mwcc/default.asp         quality of life in Montana for present and future      private organizations.                                       Education & Outreach Work Group                                Montana.                        cannot be reached, the
                               generations.                                                                                                        Funding Work Group                                                                             Chair may call for a vote.
                                                                                      Members of the MWCC are selected by the agency,              Retreat Work Group                                                                             There must be 75% or
                                    §    Serve as a statewide coordination network    organization, or group that they represent. They will be     Water Activities Work Group                                                                    greater majority vote for an
                                    for Montana's natural resource agencies and       responsible for keeping their respective agencies and        Water Quality Monitoring Work Group                                                            issue to pass. Each MWCC
                                    private organizations to share resources,         groups fully informed of the Council's discussions.          Watershed Recognition Work Group                                                               member present has a
                                    identify and capitalize on opportunities for                                                                                                                                                                  vote.
                                    collaboration, and avoid duplication of effort.   To insure that the Council is effective in assisting local
                                    The Council will foster coordination,             watershed groups, MWCC members are strongly
                                    communication, and cooperation rather than set    encouraged to attend and participate at Council
                                    policy or usurp any organizations authority or    meetings. If unable to attend a meeting, they will
                                    responsibility.                                   designate an alternate to represent their agency or
                                    Encourage local people to take a proactive,
                                    collaborative approach (ex. Coordinated           The Chair will be selected once every two years by the
                                    Resource Management planning) that will           Council and be a representative from a state agency or
                                    address natural resource issues and concerns.     private organization.
                                    Assistance to local planning groups will be
                                    provided upon request to help them achieve
                                    their goals.
Montana Wetlands Council          The Montana Wetlands Council is a forum that        More than 90 members representing federal/state              Currently there are 22 EPA wetland grants supporting wetland
                                  promotes cooperative wetland resource               agencies, agricultural interests, tribal interests, mining   conservation projects in Montana. The Wetlands Council management in Montana. Our mission is to            interests, environmental groups, timber interests,           provides an efficient forum to coordinate ongoing wetland
uncilmain.html#membership         develop a strategy and coordinate efforts to        development interests, and citizen interests. A core         activities throughout the state.
                                  protect, conserve, and enhance Montana              group of about 30 attend and participate in Council
                                  wetland resources for present and future            meetings.
                                  generations. We support environmentally
                                  responsible wetland resource s tewardship           The Wetland Council mailing list includes over 220
                                  through the cooperation of public and private       agencies, groups and individuals in Montana who have
                                  interests.                                          expressed an interest in wetland issues in the state.
                                                                                      There is no formal membership and all are welcome to
                                    §     The Council acts as a forum and             participate.
                                    information exchange among wetland interests
                                    in the state and helps to implement
                                    recommendations from the Situation
                                    Assessment and draft Conservation Strategy
                                    for Montana's Wetlands. The Wetland Council
                                    informs the Watershed Coordination Council of
                                    Wetland Council activities and looks for
                                    opportunities to integrate wetland protection
                                    into watershed activities.

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