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Support for community water quality monitoring : summary report summary report
  • Published Date:
    2016
Filetype[PDF-1.42 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Nature Conservancy (U.S.) ; Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.) ; United States, National Ocean Service,
  • Description:
    Polonui water quality draft protocol : recommended coastal water quality monitoring for Polanui Hiu -- Hu O Ka Wai Ola quality assurance project plan.

    "There is increasing recognition that coral reefs on populated coastlines have been degraded by land-based pollutants, or are at risk of degradation. Land-based pollutants include fine sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, pesticides, metals and other contaminants associated with urban, agricultural and industrial land-use. Symptoms of coral reef degradation include high rates of sediment deposition, phytoplankton and seaweed blooms, coral diseases, and reductions in fish and coral diversity. In the most severe cases, entire coral tracts have been converted to sediment and seaweed-dominated rubble. Despite the general recognition that good water quality is vital for healthy coral reefs and landbased pollutants are a serious threat, the scarcity of data makes tracking and assessing water quality difficult. In Hawaii, several state and federal agencies undertake coastal water quality monitoring. However, these programs have funding, staffing and jurisdictional limits that affect their spatial extent and monitoring frequency, and the range of variables that are measured. The most extensive monitoring program in state waters is run by Department of Health Clean Water Branch; this program includes periodic sampling of approximately 65 sites on Maui, but none on Lanai or Molokai. Data from the Clean Water Branch are used in the biannual Water Quality and Assessment Report to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The data are also used for adding or removing sites from the state-wide list of impaired marine waters, and for water-quality-related warnings and advisories for contact recreation. The primary focus of the Clean Water Branch marine program is ensuring adequate water quality for contact recreation. For this reason, the monitoring sites are concentrated in shallow water at high-use beaches"--Background.

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  • Funding:
    Funding: Nature Conservancy.;
    Funding: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program; grant number: NA13NOS4820145 National Ocean Service; project number: 198;
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