Interstate WQ Monitoring Reaches 0-3 Pilot Fact Sheet

January 1, 2019

This fact sheet describes the process and outcomes from a 2016 pilot implementation of UMRBA's water quality monitoring strategy for the Upper Mississippi River.  The strategy is designed to enable unified and comprehensive monitoring on the main stem. The monitoring strategy consists of a mixed sampling design – probabilistic and fixed site sampling to fulfill four designated uses on the river: aquatic life, fish consumption, recreation, and drinking water use.  The pilot demonstrated that a shared assessment incorporating biology and water chemistry is achievable and valuable.