Tools for Action
Monitoring Coordinators Network
To fulfill the goals of its CCMP, MassBays relies on citizen monitoring carried out by community-based environmental organizations for help. In fact, nonprofit, citizen-led efforts are the primary source of current water quality and pathogen data for most of our region.
- To bring volunteer-generated data—which in many cases have been inaccessible to decisionmakers—to bear on policy and management decisions.
- To support citizen monitoring groups in meeting their own goals for volunteer recruitment and training, data collection and analysis, and long-term sustainability.
Accessing Community-based monitoring data for decision making
MassBays is producing a suite of tools and trainings to help community-based monitoring groups collect data that can be used for decision making, and for our own State of the Bays reporting. Completed components include:
- An online application, AquaQAPP to help project managers develop quality assurance project plans that are considered pre-approved by MassDEP and should be acceptable to EPA Region 1.
- A web-based Ecohealth Tracking Tool for visualizing water quality and habitat conditions and trends.
- A circuit rider program to provide one-on-one technical support, develop and present training workshops, and connect local groups to national resources.
- Training to facilitate uploading community-generated data to WQX, EPA's national data management and archiving system.
Check out the MassBays Tools for Environmental Monitoring Programs above to see the growing suite of innovative, cool and user friendly tools we have been developing to support groups collect meaningful and scientifically robust data to share with their audiences.