National Stream Quality Accounting Network, Fiscal Year (FY) 2000

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December 13, 1999

OFFICE OF WATER QUALITY TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM 2000.01

Subject:  National Stream Quality Accounting Network, Fiscal Year (FY) 2000

This memorandum contains a summary of National Stream Quality Accounting Network 
(NASQAN) status and funding for FY 2000. Details of NASQAN station operation and 
protocol changes are contained in the NASQAN National Operations memo, which was 
released at the September meeting in Carson City, Nevada.

NASQAN Stations

Stations included in the NASQAN Program (Table 1) are unchanged from FY 1999. 
NASQAN will continue to augment sampling performed on the Mississippi at 
Grafton, Illinois, to add high-flow samples to the monthly sampling already 
being performed for the State of Missouri.

The same cooperative arrangements with the NAWQA Program that were established 
previously for sampling will continue this year.

Sampling Frequency

Sampling frequency (Table 1) has been reduced by one sample per year at stations 
where event samples were collected because of reductions in funding. No event 
sampling was planned for the Colorado, so there is no reduction in sampling in 
that basin. For the Columbia and Rio Grande Basins, the event collections were 
reduced by one sample. Because concentrations vary more with discharge in the 
Mississippi, the "fixed" collections were reduced by one, but the event 
collections remain the same. Don Goolsby (Central Region) will be distributing 
guidance to the Mississippi stations on how samples should be allocated. Cost 
for collection of event samples are held until July and released once event 
collections have been made. This provides flexibility for the program in case of 
unusual flood events by permitting sampling to be increased in one area and 
reduced in another.

The amount of the initial transfer is shown, by station, in Table 2. These 
figures are based on the amounts provided by the Districts in August, 1999. 
However, as per the agreement between Cathy Hill and the Regional Program 
Officers, all amounts were reduced by 9 percent to reflect lower DOTSC and WOTSC 
rates after restructuring. No adjustments specific to each District are being 
made this year. If Districts have any concerns about this policy, they must 
check with their Regional Program Officer.

The "NASQAN Fixed QW" figures shown in the attached table should be entered on 
the CBR request frame in AIS as your request for FY 1999 water-quality funding. 
Where applicable, funding for surface-water gages is shown in a separate column 
and should be entered into the appropriate request frame. The NAWQA portion of 
charges is handled differently in each District and study unit (SU). Contact the 
appropriate SU chief concerning those funds.

For your information, the funding held in reserve for event sampling (as shown 
in Table 1), is contained in Table 3.

Analytical Schedules

There are no changes in the analytical schedules to be used this year. "Central" 
sediment labs will be used for all NASQAN samples to ensure data comparability 
across the basins. All NASQAN samples from the Mississippi and Rio Grande Basins 
should be sent to the Iowa Sediment Lab; Columbia and Colorado samples should be 
sent to CVO.

Laboratory Charges

Both National Water Quality Laboratory and Sediment Laboratory Charges are 
directly billed to NASQAN using the appropriate basin account number. Sediment 
lab charges are not included in the funds being transferred to the Districts. 
Account numbers that should be used are:

Colorado River           4883-15020
Columbia River           4883-15030
Mississippi River        4883-15040
Rio Grande               4883-15050

These account numbers are to be used ONLY for laboratory charges and not for 
supplies, equipment or other costs. (Funds for those items have already been 
included in the amounts transferred to the Districts.) Any charges to these 
accounts directly by Districts will be rejected. Any extraordinary expenses must 
be discussed with Rick Hooper. Once approved, funds will be SV'd to Districts to 
cover such costs.

Program Coordination

Each NASQAN basin has a "Basin Coordinator" who is the primary contact for 
operational questions. For FY 2000, the basin coordinators are:

Mississippi Basin: Richard Coupe (rhcoupe), Jackson, MS; (601) 933-2982
Rio Grande Basin: Dee Lurry (dllurry), Austin, TX; (512) 873-3071
Colorado Basin: Bob Hart (bhart), Flagstaff, AZ; (520) 556-7137
Columbia Basin: Valerie Kelly (vjkelly), Portland, OR; (503) 251-3244

Rick Hooper (rphooper; Marlborough, MA; (508/490-5065) serves as the National 
Technical Coordinator, and is the primary contact regarding budget questions.

A special issue of Hydrological Processes will be produced this year that will 
contain approximately 12 reports interpreting data collected by NASQAN. In 
addition, a Water Resources Investigations Report with load calculations for  
WY 1996-WY 1998 will be released.

Allocation of NASQAN Resources

The allocation of program resources is similar to past years.

The breakdown of funding by category in FY 2000 is:

Sample Collection: 52%
Laboratory Analysis: 20%
Data Interpretation: 12%
Program Coordination: 4%
Administration: 5%
Special Studies: 4%


Janice R. Ward /s/
Acting Chief, Office of Water Quality

Attachment

This memorandum supersedes OWQ Technical Memorandum 99.03.

Distribution: A, B, DC, AO, District Water-Quality Specialists, and Regional  
Water-Quality Specialists

   Table 1. NASQAN Stations operated in FY 1999 with sampling frequency.
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+------+-----------+------------------------+-------+-------+-------+
| Dist |  Station  |          Name          | Fixed | Event | Repli |
| rict |    ID     |                        |       |       | cates |
+------+-----------+------------------------+-------+-------+-------+
|  AZ  | 09380000  |   Colorado R@Lees Fy   |   6   |   0   |   1   |
|  AZ  | 09404200  | Colorado R@Diamond CK  |   9   |   0   |   1   |
|  AZ  | 09429490  |    Colorado R. abv     |   6   |   0   |   1   |
|      |           |      Imperial Dam      |       |       |       |
|  AZ  | 09522000  |    Colorado R @NIB     |   6   |   0   |   1   |
|  NV  | 09421500  |  Colorado blw Hoover   |   6   |   0   |   1   |
|      |           |          Dam           |       |       |       |
|  UT  | 09180500  |  Colorado R nr Cisco   |  10   |   0   |   2   |
|  UT  | 09315000  |   Green R.@Green R.    |  10   |   0   |   2   |
|  UT  | 09379500  |    San Juan R@Bluff    |  10   |   0   |   2   |
|  OR  | 14128910  |  Columbia@Warrendale   |  10   |   2   |   3   |
|  OR  | 14211720  |  Willamette@Portland*  |  12   |   2   |   3   |
|  OR  | 14246900  |  Columbia@Beaver Army  |  11   |   2   |   3   |
|  WA  | 12400520  |   Columbia@Northport   |  10   |   0   |   2   |
|  WA  | 12472900  |  Columbia@Vernita FY   |  10   |   0   |   2   |
|  WA  | 13353200  |     Snake@Burbank      |  12   |   2   |   3   |
|  AR  | 07263620  |   Ark. R@D.Terry Dam   |  10   |   0   |   2   |
|  IA  | 05420500  |  Mississippi@Clinton   |   9   |   3   |   2   |
|  IA  | 06610000  |     Missouri@Omaha     |  11   |   3   |   3   |
|  KY  | 03378500  |   Wabash@New Harmony   |  11   |   3   |   3   |
|  KY  | 03216600  |    Ohio@Greenup Dam    |  11   |   3   |   3   |
|  KY  | 03303280  |     Ohio@Cannelton     |  11   |   3   |   3   |
|  KY  | 03609750  | Tennessee R @ Paducah  |  12   |   0   |   2   |
|  KY  | 03612500  |   Ohio nr Gr. Chain    |  11   |   3   |   3   |
|  LA  | 07373420  |    Mississippi@St.     |  11   |   3   |   3   |
|      |           |      Francisville      |       |       |       |
|  LA  | 07381495  |     Atchafalaya R      |  11   |   3   |   3   |
|      |           |       @Melville        |       |       |       |
|  MO  | 06934500  |    Missouri@Hermann    |  11   |   3   |   3   |
|  MO  | 05587455  |  Mississippi@Grafton   |   0   |   3   |   2   |
|  MO  | 07022000  |   Mississippi@Thebes   |  11   |   3   |   3   |
|  MT  | 06185500  | Missouri nr Culbertson |   6   |   3   |   2   |
|  MT  | 06329500  | Yellowstone R.@Sidney  |   9   |   3   |   2   |
|  ND  | 06338490  | Missouri@Garrison Dam  |   6   |   0   |   1   |
|  NE  | 06805500  | Platte R. @Louisville* |  11   |   3   |   3   |
|  SD  | 06440000  |    Missouri@Pierre     |   6   |   0   |   1   |
|  NM  | 08364000  |  Rio Grande@El Paso*   |  10   |   3   |   3   |
|  TX  | 08377200  |   Rio Grande@Foster    |   8   |   3   |   2   |
|      |           |         Ranch          |       |       |       |
|  TX  | 08447410  |  Pecos R. nr. Langtry  |   8   |   3   |   2   |
|  TX  | 08450900  | Rio G. blw Amistad Res |   6   |   0   |   1   |
|  TX  | 08459200  |   Rio Grande@Laredo    |  10   |   3   |   3   |
|  TX  | 08461300  |  Rio Grande bl Falcon  |   6   |   3   |   2   |
|      |           |          Dam           |       |       |       |
|  TX  | 08470400  |   Arroyo Colorado nr   |  10   |   3   |   3   |
|      |           |       Harlingen        |       |       |       |
|  TX  | 08475000  |     Rio Grande nr      |  10   |   3   |   3   |
|      |           |      Brownsville       |       |       |       |
+------+-----------+------------------------+-------+-------+-------+
*Joint NAWQA/NASQAN Station

Table 2. Initial Transfer Amounts for operation of NASQAN stations.

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+------+----------+------------+-------------+----------+-----------+
| Dist | Station  |  NASQAN SW |    NASQAN   |   NAWQA  |   Total   |
| rict |    ID    |     Gaging |  Fixed QW   | Portion  | Fixed QW  |
+------+----------+------------+-------------+----------+-----------+
|  AZ  | 9380000  |         $- |   $18,130   |    $-    |  $18,130  |
|  AZ  | 9404200  |         $- |   $34,734   |    $-    |  $34,734  |
|  AZ  | 9429490  |         $- |   $19,688   |    $-    |  $19,688  |
|  AZ  | 9522000  |         $- |   $19,688   |    $-    |  $19,688  |
|  NV  | 9421500  |         $- |   $23,101   |    $-    |  $23,101  |
|  UT  | 9180500  |         $- |   $24,821   |    $-    |  $24,821  |
|  UT  | 9315000  |         $- |   $25,767   |    $-    |  $25,767  |
|  UT  | 9379500  |         $- |   $31,446   |    $-    |  $31,446  |
|  OR  | 14128910 |         $- |   $32,190   |    $-    |  $32,190  |
|  OR  | 14211720 |     $1,911 |   $17,968   |  $17,968 |  $35,936  |
|  OR  | 14246900 |    $14,560 |   $34,997   |    $-    |  $34,997  |
|  WA  | 12400520 |         $- |   $44,663   |    $-    |  $44,663  |
|  WA  | 12472900 |         $- |   $36,473   |    $-    |  $36,473  |
|  WA  | 13353200 |     $3,561 |   $42,030   |    $-    |  $42,030  |
|  AR  | 7263620  |     $4,300 |   $28,790   |    $-    |  $28,790  |
|  IA  | 5420500  |         $- |   $32,009   |    $-    |  $32,009  |
|  IA  | 6610000  |         $- |   $49,724   |    $-    |  $49,724  |
|  KY  | 3378500  |         $- |   $46,468   |    $-    |  $46,468  |
|  KY  | 3216600  |         $- |   $56,276   |    $-    |  $56,276  |
|  KY  | 3303280  |     $9,987 |   $42,182   |    $-    |  $42,182  |
|  KY  | 3609750  |         $- |   $46,227   |    $-    |  $46,227  |
|  KY  | 3612500  |         $- |   $42,284   |    $-    |  $42,284  |
|  LA  | 7373420  |         $- |   $57,124   |    $-    |  $57,124  |
|  LA  | 7381495  |         $- |   $57,124   |    $-    |  $57,124  |
|  MO  | 6934500  |     $4,586 |   $40,114   |    $-    |  $40,114  |
|  MO  | 5587455  |         $- |    $1,121   |    $-    |   $1,121  |
|  MO  | 7022000  |         $- |   $57,138   |    $-    |  $57,138  |
|  MT  | 6185500  |         $- |   $19,217   |    $-    |  $19,217  |
|  MT  | 6329500  |         $- |   $28,847   |    $-    |  $28,847  |
|  ND  | 6338490  |         $- |   $17,818   |    $-    |  $17,818  |
|  NE  | 6805500  |     $3,822 |   $10,462   |  $10,462 |  $20,923  |
|  SD  | 6440000  |       $910 |   $16,648   |    $-    |  $16,648  |
|  NM  | 8364000  |         $- |   $17,507   |  $17,507 |  $35,014  |
|  TX  | 8377200  |         $- |   $28,254   |    $-    |  $28,254  |
|  TX  | 8447410  |         $- |   $27,111   |    $-    |  $27,111  |
|  TX  | 8450900  |         $- |   $16,420   |    $-    |  $16,420  |
|  TX  | 8459200  |         $- |   $35,597   |    $-    |  $35,597  |
|  TX  | 8461300  |         $- |   $19,206   |    $-    |  $19,206  |
|  TX  | 8470400  |         $- |   $29,945   |    $-    |  $29,945  |
|  TX  | 8475000  |         $- |   $31,128   |    $-    |  $31,128  |
+------+----------+------------+-------------+----------+-----------+

Table 3. Collection cost for event samples (held in reserve).

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+------+----------+---------------+-----------+------------+
| Dist |  Station |  NASQAN Event |     NAWQA |      Total |
| rict |       ID |      District |   Portion | Event Cost |
+------+----------+---------------+-----------+------------+
|  AZ  |  9380000 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  AZ  |  9404200 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  AZ  |  9429490 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  AZ  |  9522000 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  NV  |  9421500 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  UT  |  9180500 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  UT  |  9315000 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  UT  |  9379500 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  OR  | 14128910 |        $4,876 |        $- |     $4,876 |
|  OR  | 14211720 |        $2,280 |    $2,280 |     $4,561 |
|  OR  | 14246900 |        $4,876 |        $- |     $4,876 |
|  WA  | 12400520 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  WA  | 12472900 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  WA  | 13353200 |        $5,598 |        $- |     $5,598 |
|  AR  |  7263620 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  IA  |  5420500 |        $8,695 |        $- |     $8,695 |
|  IA  |  6610000 |       $11,507 |        $- |    $11,507 |
|  KY  |  3378500 |       $10,584 |        $- |    $10,584 |
|  KY  |  3216600 |       $13,309 |        $- |    $13,309 |
|  KY  |  3303280 |        $9,465 |        $- |     $9,465 |
|  KY  |  3609750 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  KY  |  3612500 |        $9,443 |        $- |     $9,443 |
|  LA  |  7373420 |       $13,560 |        $- |    $13,560 |
|  LA  |  7381495 |       $13,560 |        $- |    $13,560 |
|  MO  |  6934500 |        $9,348 |        $- |     $9,348 |
|  MO  |  5587455 |        $9,201 |        $- |     $9,201 |
|  MO  |  7022000 |       $13,997 |        $- |    $13,997 |
|  MT  |  6185500 |        $7,508 |        $- |     $7,508 |
|  MT  |  6329500 |        $7,835 |        $- |     $7,835 |
|  ND  |  6338490 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  NE  |  6805500 |        $3,845 |        $- |     $3,845 |
|  SD  |  6440000 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  NM  |  8364000 |        $8,463 |        $- |     $8,463 |
|  TX  |  8377200 |        $8,608 |        $- |     $8,608 |
|  TX  |  8447410 |        $8,179 |        $- |     $8,179 |
|  TX  |  8450900 |            $- |        $- |         $- |
|  TX  |  8459200 |        $8,681 |        $- |     $8,681 |
|  TX  |  8461300 |        $7,636 |        $- |     $7,636 |
|  TX  |  8470400 |        $7,098 |        $- |     $7,098 |
|  TX  |  8475000 |        $7,453 |        $- |     $7,453 |
+------+----------+---------------+-----------+------------+