- The Watershed Management Approach
The main strategy employed by MassDEP to protect and maintain water quality is the implementation of the Watershed Management Approach. A phased holistic program for watershed-based assessment, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) evaluation, permitting, and implementation has been adopted by MassDEP's Bureau of Resource Protection (BRP) to address its Watershed Management goals.
- Adjustments to Surface Water Monitoring Program
Adjustments to MassDEP's schedule for watershed monitoring.
Water Quality Monitoring Strategy for Massachusetts
A long-range plan for collecting and using monitoring data from Massachusetts water bodies.
- Environmental Monitoring
Information about MassDEP river, lake and coastal monitoring to identify and control sources of water pollution.
- Environmental Monitoring: Biomonitoring
Habitat assessments and biological sampling help determine the health of a waterbody to support aquatic life, which is a key indicator of overall environmental health.
- Environmental Monitoring: Quality Management Program
A five-year programmatic Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP) documents all aspects of the MassDEP surface water monitoring program, from goal-setting to results.
- Environmental Monitoring: Data Management
The systems that work together to validate and verify the monitoring data used to meet MassDEP's obligations under state and federal clean water legislation.
- Environmental Monitoring for Volunteers
Surface water monitoring by individual volunteers, school groups, stream teams, watershed associations, and others is a valuable component of DEP's approach to watershed management.
Bacteria Source Tracking Pilot Study file size 1MB
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A study undertaken to develop a protocol for locating sources of bacterial contamination in rivers and streams to supplement the surface-water-quality monitoring required under the Clean Water Act.
Enhancing the Bacterial Source-Tracking Toolkit file size 4MB
Poster presentation on a collaborative investigation into tracking sources of bacterial contamination in surface waters.
- Annual Monitoring Summaries 2005-2012
Overviews and summaries of surface-water monitoring performed during the calendar year.
Massachusetts Watershed Initiative Program - Indicative Project Summaries 1999-2003
Summaries of monitoring and assessment projects conducted in Massachusetts watersheds between 1999 and 2003.
Watershed Planning Program Publications 1963 - 2009
An index of technical reports and memoranda published by the Watershed Planning Program of the Massachusetts Division of Watershed Management during fiscal years 1963-2009.