Baseline Monitoring

Comprehensive monitoring of the estuaries is required to quantify the nitrogen "removal" efficiency, and the habitat response that results from the implementation of these specific techniques.

The Town worked with the School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at UMASS Dartmouth to implement a baseline monitoring program to support specific nitrogen reducing demonstration projects. The monitoring program is structured such that data generated can be used for regulatory compliance.

In parallel with this effort, it is important to continue to assess the Town's impaired waters to: (a) allow continued assessment of habitat quality, (b) to provide a baseline from which to evaluate improvements due to management actions, and (c) to periodically determine if TMDL goals for water quality, and habitat restoration have been met.

Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)