National Park Service (NPS)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water-Quality Monitoring and Assessment (WQMA) Partnership for fiscal year (FY) 2001

In Reply Refer To:
Mail Stop 412
January 11, 2001


Subject: National Park Service (NPS)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
         Water-Quality Monitoring and Assessment (WQMA) Partnership for
         fiscal year (FY) 2001

The NPS/USGS WQMA Partnership (see WRD Memorandum 99.17; will continue in FY 2002 pending
congressional approval. This memorandum prescribes the USGS process to
propose, select, and fund water-quality work for NPS. District Chiefs are
the primary liaisons to the Parks regarding projects in the NPS/USGS WQMA

The selection of NPS/USGS water-quality work begins with discussions among
NPS Park Superintendents and staff and USGS managers and scientists.  Ideas
for new projects can be pursued in several ways.  Districts can expect
contacts from Park Superintendents who wish to do water-quality assessment
and monitoring projects as part of this program.  The Park Superintendents
will be asking for USGS assistance in developing preliminary project
proposals.  In addition, District and National Research Program (NRP)
scientists are encouraged to propose and discuss new research topics with
appropriate Park staff and should inform the appropriate District
Chief(s)of any decisions made in order to pursue formal proposals.  NRP
scientists are expected to work collaboratively with District scientists on
projects funded by this program.

The process begins with the development of preliminary project proposals
which are limited to annual funding levels ($85,000 for intensive studies
and $42,500 for synoptic or fixed-station monitoring studies, $10,000 for
technical assistance) as suggested in the National Park Service's
Servicewide Comprehensive Call that was made available via an NPS intranet
site to NPS personnel earlier this month (pertinent excerpts are attached
as "NPScall01abbrev").  Each preliminary proposal should follow standard
guidelines and protocol determined by the respective District and clearly
reserves appropriate funds for anticipated products.  The resulting
preliminary project proposals will be submitted through District Chiefs
(with approval through the respective Region where necessary) to Park
Superintendents to NPS for internal screening and initial prioritization
using criteria described in the second attachment ('RankingCriteria02' ?
excerpted from the NPS Servicewide Comprehensive Call).

It is suggested that preliminary project proposals address all the criteria
outlined in the attachments and should include:

(1) A statement of how the proposed work contributes to and focuses on an
    enhanced understanding of Park water-quality management issues. In
    proposals that include state-of-the-art water-quality methods
    or enhance process understanding are preferred.
(2) Statements about collaboration with scientists from NRP, other
    National Water-Quality Laboratory, or other USGS Divisions and

Multi-year projects funded in previous years and proposed for FY 2002
funding will be subject to annual review and approval. Continuing projects
must prepare and submit a progress report.

The timeline for proposal submission is, in large part, dependent on the
Park Region that your District is collaborating with.  Please consult with
your Park contact about their internal deadlines!  Upon receiving your
collaborative proposal, the NPS Regions will forward the proposals to their
headquarters.  Subsequently, a panel of three USGS and three NPS
representatives will prioritize the proposals for funding using the
criteria in "RankingCriteria01."  At that time you will be notified if your
proposal has been selected for funding and you will be instructed to write
a detailed workplan before the fiscal year begins.  Questions concerning
the NPS/WRD Partnership should be directed to
Mike Focazio (703/648-6808, <

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

The memorandum does not supersede any other Office of Water Quality
Technical Memorandum.

Distribution:   A, B, DC, NAWQA NLT, NAWQA Study Unit Chiefs (1991, 1994,
1997), District and Regional Water-Quality Specialists

(See attached file: 
NPScall01abbrev.doc)(See attached file:
Janice Ward
Acting Chief, Office of Water Quality
US Geological Survey
Reston, VA