National Stream Quality Accounting Network, Fiscal Year (FY) 1999

Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 14:18:44 -0500
From: Nana Frye 
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Subject: OWQ Tech Memo 9903--NASQAN, FY 1999

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OFFICE OF WATER QUALITY TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM 99.03

Subject:  National Stream Quality Accounting Network, Fiscal Year 
          (FY) 1999

This memorandum contains a summary of National Stream Quality Accounting
Network (NASQAN) status and funding for FY99. Details of NASQAN station 
operation and protocol changes are contained in the NASQAN National 
Operations memo, which will be released shortly by the Office of Water 
Quality (OWQ). Archival copies of these memos can be obtained from the 
NASQAN Web site (http://water.usgs.gov/public/nasqan) once it is fully 
operational later this fiscal year. Sampling schedules, special 
analytical schedules and special studies pertaining to a subset of 
stations or basins will be discussed at the NASQAN National Meeting to 
be held on November 4, 1998, in Denver at the National Training Center.

NASQAN Stations

Stations included in the NASQAN Program (Table 1) are basically 
unchanged from FY98. 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.

Two NASQAN stations are in 1997 NAWQA study units (SU): Yellowstone 
River at Sidney and Tennessee River at Paducah. NAWQA will collect 
additional samples at the Yellowstone using their own crews. Sample 
collection procedures and analytical schedules will be the same for 
NASQAN and NAWQA samples to ensure data comparability. The Lower 
Tennessee NAWQA SU will not be using the Tennessee River at Paducah as 
their integrator site because of ungaged diversions between the 
Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. NASQAN will continue to operate the 
station to characterize loads coming from the Tennessee River.

Sampling Frequency

Sampling frequency (Table 1) is unchanged from FY98. As in the past, 
Districts are paid by an initial transfer for "fixed" samples and other 
station costs, such as charges for operating a gage at the station. 
Initial transfers also include the salary costs for technicians 
attending the NASQAN meeting and workshop in Denver. 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 the costs as requested by the Districts and reflect 
modifications that were made during subsequent cost negotiations. No 
unilateral cost changes were made by the NASQAN Program. If there are 
any questions on the funding amounts, please contact Rick Hooper in the 
Massachusetts District at 508/490-5065 or by e-mail (rphooper).

For some Districts, there is special funding included in the initial 
transfers are outlined below:

TX District: $8,400 for collection of event samples in late FY98 
associated with Hurricane Charlie.

NV District: $3,000 for boat retrofitting for sampling after dismantling
of the cableway historically used to sample the site below Hoover Dam.

MO District: $10,000 for a portion of the boat replacement cost for the 
vessel sunk during NASQAN sampling during FY98.

The "NASQAN Fixed QW" figures shown in the attached table should be 
entered on the CBR request frame in AIS as your request for FY99 
water-quality funding. Where applicable, funding for surface-water gages
are shown in a separate column and should be entered into the 
appropriate request frame. The NAWQA portion of charges are handled 
differently in each District and SU. Contact the appropriate SU chief 
concerning those funds.

Costs for attending the Water-Quality Field-Methods class are NOT 
included in the initial transfer. These funds are held until the class 
has been completed for those who requested the class (AR, LA, ND, NE, 
OR, UT). Process travel and course fees locally and send a request for 
funds to Rick Hooper.

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

Analytical Schedules

Analytical schedules have been changed slightly for FY99. Sediment 
chemistry and dissolved trace element chemistry will be determined at a 
reduced frequency of four times per year (rather than with every 
sample). Selenium and boron, two constituents of concern in the arid 
western basins, are included in Schedule 998 and will continue to be 
analyzed for in every sample.

"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 account 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 FY99, 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.

Interpretive reports will be a major activity of the program during 
FY99. Approximately 10 reports are planned for completion during the 
next fiscal year. Factsheets describing the re-designed national program
are available from the OWQ in Reston. Factsheets for the Columbia and 
Rio Grande Basins were recently printed and are available from the Basin
Coordinators or OWQ. The Mississippi and Colorado factsheets will be 
completed during the next few months.

Allocation of NASQAN Resources

The allocation of program resources is similar to past years, except for
the decline in laboratory analysis costs. Those funds are being used to 
pay for the development of interpretive reports by members of the 
Minnesota, Georgia, and Oregon Districts.

The breakdown of funding by category in FY99 is

Sample Collection: 52%
Laboratory Analysis: 19%
Data Interpretation: 18%
Program Coordination: 4%
Administration: 4%
Training: 3%

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

Attachments

This memorandum supersedes OWQ Technical Memorandum 98.02.

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

Table 1. NASQAN Stations operated in FY99 with sampling frequency.
    Please view in a fixed-width font such as Monaco or Courier.
 
+------+----------+------------------------+-------+-------+-------+
| Dist | Station  |          Name          | Fixed | Event | Repli |
| rict |    ID    |                        |       |       | cates |
+------+----------+------------------------+-------+-------+-------+
|  AR  | 07263620 |   Ark. R@D.Terry Dam   |  10   |   0   |   2   |
|  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   |
|  IA  | 05420500 |  Mississippi@Clinton   |  10   |   3   |   3   |
|  IA  | 06610000 |     Missouri@Omaha     |  12   |   3   |   3   |
|  KY  | 03216600 |    Ohio@Greenup Dam    |  12   |   3   |   3   |
|  KY  | 03303280 |     Ohio@Cannelton     |  12   |   3   |   3   |
|  KY  | 03378500 |   Wabash@New Harmony   |  12   |   3   |   3   |
|  KY  | 03609750 | Tennessee R @ Paducah  |  12   |   0   |   2   |
|  KY  | 03612500 |   Ohio nr Gr. Chain    |  12   |   3   |   3   |
|  LA  | 07373420 |    Mississippi@St.     |  12   |   3   |   3   |
|      |          |      Francisville      |       |       |       |
|  LA  | 07381495 |     Atchafalaya R      |  12   |   3   |   3   |
|      |          |       @Melville        |       |       |       |
|  MO  | 05587455 |  Mississippi@Grafton   |   0   |   3   |   2   |
|  MO  | 06934500 |    Missouri@Hermann    |  12   |   3   |   3   |
|  MO  | 07022000 |   Mississippi@Thebes   |  12   |   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* |  12   |   3   |   3   |
|  NM  | 08364000 |  Rio Grande@El Paso*   |  10   |   3   |   3   |
|  NV  | 09421500 |  Colorado blw Hoover   |   6   |   0   |   1   |
|      |          |          Dam           |       |       |       |
|  OR  | 14128910 |  Columbia@Warrendale   |  10   |   2   |   3   |
|  OR  | 14211720 |  Willamette@Portland*  |  12   |   4   |   3   |
|  OR  | 14246900 |  Columbia@Beaver Army  |  11   |   4   |   3   |
|  SD  | 06440000 |    Missouri@Pierre     |   6   |   0   |   1   |
|  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       |       |       |       |
|  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   |
|  WA  | 12400520 |   Columbia@Northport   |  10   |   0   |   2   |
|  WA  | 12472900 |  Columbia@Vernita FY   |  10   |   0   |   2   |
|  WA  | 13353200 |     Snake@Burbank      |  12   |   3   |   3   |
+------+----------+------------------------+-------+-------+-------+
*Joint NASQAN/NAWQA Station

Table 2. Initial Transfer Amounts for operation of NASQAN stations.
     Please view in a fixed-width font such as Monaco or Courier.
 
+------+----------+-----------+------------+-----------+------------+
| Dist | Station  | NASQAN SW |   NASQAN   |   NAWQA   | Total Fixed|
| rict |    ID    |  Gaging   |  Fixed QW  |  Portion  |     QW     |
+------+----------+-----------+------------+-----------+------------+
|  AR  | 07263620 |   $4,500  |   $31,032  |     $-    |   $31,032  |
|  AZ  | 09380000 |     $-    |   $22,190  |     $-    |   $22,190  |
|  AZ  | 09404200 |     $-    |   $37,537  |     $-    |   $37,537  |
|  AZ  | 09429490 |     $-    |   $21,878  |     $-    |   $21,878  |
|  AZ  | 09522000 |     $-    |   $20,006  |     $-    |   $20,006  |
|  IA  | 05420500 |     $-    |   $37,297  |     $-    |   $37,297  |
|  IA  | 06610000 |     $-    |   $55,698  |     $-    |   $55,698  |
|  KY  | 03216600 |     $-    |   $70,632  |     $-    |   $70,632  |
|  KY  | 03303280 |  $10,450  |   $49,348  |     $-    |   $49,348  |
|  KY  | 03378500 |     $-    |   $58,044  |     $-    |   $58,044  |
|  KY  | 03609750 |   $9,580  |   $50,986  |     $-    |   $50,986  |
|  KY  | 03612500 |     $-    |   $48,758  |     $-    |   $48,758  |
|  LA  | 07373420 |     $-    |   $61,192  |     $-    |   $61,192  |
|  LA  | 07381495 |     $-    |   $61,912  |     $-    |   $61,912  |
|  MO  | 05587455 |     $-    |   $1,120   |     $-    |   $1,120   |
|  MO  | 06934500 |   $4,800  |   $44,981  |     $-    |   $44,981  |
|  MO  | 07022000 |     $-    |   $75,562  |     $-    |   $75,562  |
|  MT  | 06185500 |     $-    |   $22,190  |     $-    |   $22,190  |
|  MT  | 06329500 |     $-    |   $31,270  |     $-    |   $31,270  |
|  ND  | 06338490 |     $-    |   $20,305  |     $-    |   $20,305  |
|  NE  | 06805500 |   $4,100  |   $12,361  |  $12,361  |   $24,722  |
|  NM  | 08364000 |     $-    |   $19,015  |  $19,015  |   $38,029  |
|  NV  | 09421500 |     $-    |   $28,940  |     $-    |   $28,940  |
|  OR  | 14128910 |    $500   |   $36,607  |     $-    |   $36,607  |
|  OR  | 14211720 |   $5,103  |   $20,175  |  $20,175  |   $40,350  |
|  OR  | 14246900 |  $12,000  |   $38,533  |     $-    |   $38,533  |
|  SD  | 06440000 |   $1,000  |   $19,375  |     $-    |   $19,375  |
|  TX  | 08377200 |     $-    |   $33,544  |     $-    |   $33,544  |
|  TX  | 08447410 |     $-    |   $32,224  |     $-    |   $32,224  |
|  TX  | 08450900 |     $-    |   $17,552  |     $-    |   $17,552  |
|  TX  | 08459000 |     $-    |   $40,204  |     $-    |   $40,204  |
|  TX  | 08461300 |     $-    |   $21,554  |     $-    |   $21,554  |
|  TX  | 08470400 |     $-    |   $32,000  |     $-    |   $32,000  |
|  TX  | 08475000 |     $-    |   $33,468  |     $-    |   $33,468  |
|  UT  | 09180500 |     $-    |   $26,980  |     $-    |   $26,980  |
|  UT  | 09315000 |     $-    |   $27,980  |     $-    |   $27,980  |
|  UT  | 09379500 |     $-    |   $32,930  |     $-    |   $32,930  |
|  WA  | 12400520 |     $-    |   $50,707  |     $-    |   $50,707  |
|  WA  | 12472900 |     $-    |   $40,111  |     $-    |   $40,111  |
|  WA  | 13353200 |   $3,800  |   $43,728  |     $-    |   $43,728  |
+------+----------+-----------+------------+-----------+------------+

Table 3. Collection cost for event samples (held in reserve).
    Please view in a fixed-width font such as Monaco or Courier.

+------+----------+-----------+----------+---------------+
| Dist | Station  |NASQANEvent|  NAWQA   |  Total Event  |
| rict |    ID    | District  | Portion  |   District    |
+------+----------+-----------+----------+---------------+
|  AR  | 7263620  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  AZ  | 9380000  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  AZ  | 9404200  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  AZ  | 9429490  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  AZ  | 9522000  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  IA  | 5420500  |   $9,029  |    $-    |     $9,029    |
|  IA  | 6610000  |  $11,963  |    $-    |    $11,963    |
|  KY  | 3216600  |  $15,778  |    $-    |    $15,778    |
|  KY  | 3303280  |  $10,256  |    $-    |    $10,256    |
|  KY  | 3378500  |  $12,589  |    $-    |    $12,589    |
|  KY  | 3609750  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  KY  | 3612500  |   $9,997  |    $-    |     $9,997    |
|  LA  | 7373420  |  $13,431  |    $-    |    $13,431    |
|  LA  | 7381495  |  $13,431  |    $-    |    $13,431    |
|  MO  | 5587455  |   $9,630  |    $-    |     $9,630    |
|  MO  | 6934500  |   $9,864  |    $-    |     $9,864    |
|  MO  | 7022000  |  $14,742  |    $-    |    $14,742    |
|  MT  | 6185500  |   $8,250  |    $-    |     $8,250    |
|  MT  | 6329500  |   $8,610  |    $-    |     $8,610    |
|  ND  | 6338490  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  NE  | 6805500  |   $4,041  |    $-    |     $4,041    |
|  NM  | 8364000  |   $9,063  |    $-    |     $9,063    |
|  NV  | 9421500  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  OR  | 14128910 |   $5,529  |    $-    |     $5,529    |
|  OR  | 14211720 |   $5,166  |  $5,166  |    $10,332    |
|  OR  | 14246900 |  $11,059  |    $-    |    $11,059    |
|  SD  | 6440000  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  TX  | 8377200  |   $9,076  |    $-    |     $9,076    |
|  TX  | 8447410  |   $8,611  |    $-    |     $8,611    |
|  TX  | 8450900  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  TX  | 8459200  |   $9,255  |    $-    |     $9,255    |
|  TX  | 8461300  |   $8,142  |    $-    |     $8,142    |
|  TX  | 8470400  |   $7,569  |    $-    |     $7,569    |
|  TX  | 8475000  |   $7,959  |    $-    |     $7,959    |
|  UT  | 9180500  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  UT  | 9315000  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  UT  | 9379500  |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  WA  | 12400520 |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  WA  | 12472900 |     $-    |    $-    |       $-      |
|  WA  | 13353200 |   $8,872  |    $-    |     $8,872    |
+------+----------+-----------+----------+---------------+