Monitoring and AssessmentAn Online Basic Course
What are the elements of a good water monitoring and assessment program? This module, Monitoring and Assessment, provides the answer to this question and more. Designed by EPA’s Office of Science and Technology for state and tribal employees and the general public, this online course focuses on the need for an integrated approach to monitoring and assessing water quality and the critical elements of an effective monitoring and assessment program. Such elements include identifying the objective, designing the program, implementing the program, and sharing the results with the public. The course can assist states in ensuring their programs meet goals established under the Clean Water Act. EPA’s guidance document, Elements of a State Water Monitoring and Assessment Program, assists states or tribes in developing their monitoring and assessment programs.
The course concludes with a brief quiz intended to touch on key aspects of water quality monitoring and assessment. The main pages of this module and quiz at the end are designed to take approximately 25 minutes to complete. (Note that quiz responses are not scored or recorded.)