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== Summary ==
 
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The [http://www.ccamp.net/ccamp/index.php/Main_Page Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program] (CCAMP) does regional water quality monitoring and assessment for the [[Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (CCRWQCB)]] in the state of California. They provide the scientific information for water quality regulations such as [[Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)]] or the [[Central Coast Region Agricultural Waiver]].
  
*    Mission Statement: To collect, assess, and disseminate scientifically based water quality information to aid decision makers and the public in maintaining, restoring, and enhancing water quality and associated beneficial uses.
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More specific information on monitoring plans and strategies can be found at their own [ http://www.ccamp.net/ccamp/index.php/Main_Page wiki page].
 
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*    Watersheds
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**    The CCAMP monitoring strategy to characterize watersheds requires dividing the Region into five watershed rotation areas and conducting sampling each year in one of the areas.  Sites are placed at the lower ends of tributaries and along the mainstem, with additional sites placed to characterize changes in land use, or to focus on waterbodies of special concern. Over a five-year period all of the Hydrologic Units in the Region are monitored and evaluated.  Hydrologic Unit reports are available on the CCAMP website.
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*    CCAMP uses a variety of monitoring approaches to characterize the status and trends in watersheds, including:
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**    Benthic invertebrate bioassessment and habitat characterization
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**    Monthly conventional water quality sampling
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**    Chemical analysis of tissue and sediment
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**    Water and sediment toxicity
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**    Flow
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*    Coastal Confluences
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**    The CCAMP monitoring strategy for coastal confluences includes ongoing sampling at thirty-three river and stream mouths, just above salt water influence.    This program serves as a "census" of water quality conditions in all of our larger watersheds, and provides a basis for detecting long-term trends and assessing broad scale performance of water quality management efforts.  Coastal confluence monitoring is conducted on an ongoing basis, so that we keep our "fingers on the pulse" of watershed health between watershed rotational monitoring.
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*    Monitoring efforts at coastal confluences include:
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**    Annual bioassessment using benthic invertebrates
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**    Monthly conventional water quality sampling
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**    Chemical analysis of tissue and sediment
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**    Water and sediment toxicity
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*    CCAMP sponsors special studies and supports ocean monitoring activities by partner organizations. 
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**    The Central Coast Long-term Environmental Assessment Network (CCLEAN) is a discharger-funded ocean monitoring program in the Monterey Bay area including several programs that assess the loading and potential impacts of pollutants from effluent discharges into Monterey Bay. Recently, the program has focused on determining whether endocrine disrupting compounds are a concern in effluent discharges.. CCLEAN also monitors for nutrients, pathogen indicators, and persistent organic pollutants in water, tissue, and sediment [http://www.cclean.org  CCLEAN]
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**    The U.C. Davis and Department of Fish and Game researchers is working with CCAMP and CCLEAN to determine issues related to marine mammal health in the Central Coast region. 
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**    Nearshore monitoring for chemicals in fish and shellfish tissue is conducted by the SWAMP program and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment through contracts with the California Department of Fish and Game. 
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**    Bacterial monitoring is conducted by local agencies and volunteer organizations along the California coast.   
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*    Groundwater
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**    The State Water Resources Control Board manages the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program (GAMA), which conducted monitoring in the northern part of the Central Coast Region in 2005, and in the southern part of the Region in 2008. 
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*    Return to [http://ecoviz.csumb.edu/wiki/index.php/Conditional_waiver_of_waste_discharge_requirements_for_irrigated_lands  Conditional waiver of waste discharge requirements for irrigated lands].
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*    homepage [http://www.ccamp.org/  Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program]
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Revision as of 11:31, 12 April 2012

Summary

The Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program (CCAMP) does regional water quality monitoring and assessment for the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (CCRWQCB) in the state of California. They provide the scientific information for water quality regulations such as Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or the Central Coast Region Agricultural Waiver.

More specific information on monitoring plans and strategies can be found at their own [ http://www.ccamp.net/ccamp/index.php/Main_Page wiki page].