Staff from the Ecosystems Unit support a wide variety of programs for the Division of Water Quality:
- Logistical support and data management for the Ambient Monitoring System (AMS), a statewide network of stations established for long term collection of selected chemical, physical, and bacteriological indicators from streams, rivers, and estuaries of interest.
- Development and management of the monitoring coalitions, an innovative program designed to coordinate instream monitoring activities of participating NPDES dischargers within select basins.
- Statistical analysis of AMS and Coalition data.
- Identify algae, aquatic plants and related organisms. Assess algal blooms found during routine monitoring, fish kill investigations, and in response to concerned citizen reports. Provide information on ecology and potential environmental health concerns of blooms.
- Coordinate Environmental Sciences Section quality assurance activities.
- Provide computer and other IT support to the Environmental Sciences Section.
More information on these programs is available from the links on the left.