MassBays received funding from EPA's Exchange Network Program and MassDEP to build capacity among citizen monitoring groups that contribute to baseline monitoring in the Bays, as well as inland.
Over the course of the next two years, MassBays and partners (DEP, EPA New England, and Eastern Research Group) will produce a new online application called "AquaQAPP" for developing sampling and quality assurance project plans, hire a circuit rider to provide one-on-one technical support and host workshops, and facilitate data upload to WQX, EPA's national data management and archiving system.
MassBays will use the information gathered to build a visual report on the State of the Bays, beginning in 2020 and into the future, with help from the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science/Integration and Application Network.
We'll provide more detail here as we develop the products. For more information in the meantime, contact Pam DiBona.