Tracking water quality trends and informing the
public on progress increase the likelihood for
attaining the desired level of land treatment imple-
and refining the
land treatment program are likely as more infor-
mation is gained on the water quality problem.
Continual Tracking of
Efficient and timely water quality and land use data analysis facilitates interim
evaluation of project effectiveness and adjustments in land treatment. Short-term
the Treatment Program
effects may not be detected, depending upon system response time and the detail
of the monitoring program. Long-term monitoring may be required to show
Land treatment and other land-use changes need to be documented on a seasonal
or yearly basis relative to each water quality monitoring station.
When trends in
quality are absent and system variability has been adequately
incorporated into the analysis, a careful review of the land treatment program
accomplishments is warranted. If land treatment strength is insufficient to reduce
and Land Treatment
pollutant export substantially, then there are several important aspects of the
treatment program that should be evaluated. Survey current land treatment
activities to assure
are being continued and that they are being maintained.
Land use changes near tributaries may have an important impact on total critical
area treatment impacts. Also evaluate the level of treatment. Perhaps more critical
area pollutant sources should be treated. In any event, the cause of the deficiency
in land treatment should be determined and documented for use in developing
future plans to manage the watershed.
A well-informed public is an asset to monitoring and resource management
activities. If citizens are aware of the problem and the need for pollution control,
to the Public
then they are likely to support monitoring. The public will also want to be informed
of results in a timely manner. Carefully prepared newspaper articles or press
releases are very effective in communicating results. Additional information
should be available to interested citizens and the project manager or project
personnel should be available to answer questions.