Monitoring, data collection, and interpretation
The Resource Assessment Service (RAS) has several tasks related to Trust Fund projects.
- Provide available data and information to Trust Fund managers and applicants for new Trust Fund funding
- Maintain and update information related to Trust Fund project monitoring results
- Coordinate with other monitoring agencies (federal, state, municipal, and private) to share monitoring results
- Maintain the Maryland StreamHealth website, which allows Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) data and Maryland Stream Waders volunteer data to be accessed by Trust Fund Managers and applicants
- Use monitoring data to evaluate select BMPs for effectiveness
- Convey monitoring results to the public
When should I monitor my restoration project?
Here is a document that helps answer one of the hardest questions when it comes to collecting data at a restoration project.
Trust Fund Monitoring Protocols
RAS provides protocols to be used when monitoring sites sponsored by the Trust Fund. These methods allow for consistent, accurate monitoring to ensure comparability for BMPs across the State. This allows Trust Fund managers to assess the effectiveness of BMPs and invest accordingly.
The four protocols are:
Resources for Monitoring
If your project plans on monitoring for biology, please refer to the Maryland Biological Stream Survey’s training page for protocols and training information on collecting these data.
For more information, view these presentations from a 2015 Physical and Nutrient Monitoring Training (in .pdf form) and photos below.
- Introduction (Luke Roberson, DNR)
- Water Chemistry (Tom Jones, Versar, Inc.)
- Stream Discharge (Heather Quinn, Tim Herb, Andy Watts, Bill Romano, DNR)
- Geomorphology (Beth Franks, Versar, Inc.)
- Geomorphology Part II (Sandy Davis, USFWS)
MBSS Data for Trust Fund Managers and Applicants
The Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) scientists collect chemical, biological, and physical data from sites around the state and Maryland Stream Waders volunteers collect biological data. Maryland Department of Natural Resources maintains the StreamHealth website as an easy method of viewing these data. It's easy to look up the health of the stream in your backyard, or anywhere else in Maryland. MBSS sites often have photos and a list of species found at each site. If you have questions about data, or would like to request more detailed information, please contact our data manager from our Data Requests page.
If you are a monitoring agency investigating Trust Fund project(s), please contact Sara Weglein to share your results and receive information from other project managers. Your information will be a valuable resource that will contribute to evaluating BMP effectiveness in Maryland.
For more information about the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, go to the Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Website.