National Stream Quality Accounting Network, Fiscal Year (FY) 1998
To: "A - Division Chief and Staff"
cc: " , WRD Archive File, Reston, VA ",
"Richard P Hooper, Hydrologist, Atlanta, GA ",
"Janice R Ward, Assistant Chief, OWQ, Reston, VA "
Subject: OFFICE OF WATER QUALITY TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM 98.02
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Date: Fri, 03 Oct 1997 15:02:59 -0400
From: "Nana L Frye, Secretary (OA), Reston, VA "
I had sent the below memo out earlier today, there were changes and I am
resending. Please replace the previous memo with this version. Thank
In Reply Refer to:
Mail Stop 412 October 3, 1997
OFFICE OF WATER QUALITY TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM 98.02
Subject: National Stream Quality Accounting Network, Fiscal Year
This memorandum contains a summary of National Stream Quality Accounting
Network (NASQAN) status and funding for FY98. Details of NASQAN station
operation and protocol changes are contained in the NASQAN National
Operations Memo. Sampling schedule, special analytical schedules and
special studies are included in basin-specific operations memoranda that
have been released for each of the four NASQAN basins.
An electronic message announcing the availability of this memorandum at
http://wwwga.usgs.gov/nasqan has been sent to District Chiefs and Water
Stations included in the NASQAN program (Table 1) are basically unchanged
from FY97 with the following exceptions. Sampling on the Rio Grande
below Laredo, TX, which had been deferred last year, will be initiated
when the gage becomes operational, currently scheduled for October, 1997.
In addition, NASQAN will augment sampling performed on the Mississippi at
Grafton, IL to add high-flow samples to the monthly sampling already
being performed by the Missouri District for a cooperator. Neither
dissolved trace elements nor suspended sediment chemistry will be
measured at Grafton. NASQAN is also working with the Alaska District to
design a synoptic sampling of another large Alaskan river; last year, a
portion of the Kuskokwim River was sampled.
Sampling frequency has been reduced in the Colorado Basin through
elimination of the "event" samples. Experience has shown that the range
in the discharge can be covered with fewer samples.
As in the past, Districts are paid "up front" for the "fixed" samples,
and a secondary transfer of funds will be made in July to pay for any
event samples that are collected. This procedure provides NASQAN with the
flexibility to sample unpredictable extreme events throughout the four
NASQAN basins. For example, if the El Niño produces monsoons in southern
Arizona, additional samples will be collected there with funds from the
event sample pool, and sampling reduced elsewhere.
Each NASQAN basin has a "Basin Coordinator" who is the primary contact
for operational questions. For FY98, the basin coordinators are:
· Mississippi Basin: Richard Coupe (rhcoupe); Jackson, MS, 601-965-4600
· Rio Grande Basin: Dee Lurry (dllurry); Austin, TX; 512-873-3071
· Colorado Basin: Bill Steinkampf (bs); Tucson, AZ; 520-670-6671 ext 269
· Columbia Basin: Valerie Kelly (vjkelly); Portland, OR; 503-251-3244
Rick Hooper (rphooper; Atlanta, GA; 770-903-9146) serves as the National
Technical Coordinator, and is the primary contact regarding budget
questions. Janice Ward (jward; Reston, VA; 703-648-6871) is the primary
adminstrative contact for the NASQAN program.
Interpretive reports will be prepared by the NASQAN National Interpretive
Team, consisting of Bill Battaglin and Don Goolsby (Central Region); Rick
Hooper, and Valerie Kelly.
Allocation of FY98 Resources
The allocation of program resources for FY98 is similar to past years
(Figure 1). Data collection, that is, the sum of sample collection and
the laboratory analysis, accounts for more than 75% of all costs.
Allocation of NASQAN Resources in FY98
Sample Collection 52%
Lab Analysis 27%
Interp & Design 12%
District Funding Transfers
Funds for the collection of all "fixed" samples will be provided in an
initial funding transfer early in FY98 as shown in Table 1. Note that all
costs are gross funds, including WOTSC and DOTSC. If you require further
details on the breakdown of these funds, please contact Rick Hooper.
These figures were derived from cost estimates provided by the Districts
during August, 1997. There are two important changes, however, that must
· Sediment Charges. Effective October 1, 1997, all sediment laboratory
charges will be billed directly to the same NASQAN account as NWQL
charges. Therefore, sediment lab charges have not been included in the
District Transfers as has been done previously.
· Analysis of Individual Vertical River Segments for Sediment
Concentration. In the past, NASQAN paid for the analysis of sediment
concentration in each river segment to assess cross-sectional
variability. It was not clear whether this data was, in fact, being used
to assess sampling locations and number of verticals sampled. Instead of
doing this sampling every year, funds have been reserved to evaluate
sampling and mixing problems at NASQAN stations. Districts should apply
for these funds by sending a brief (1-page) proposal describing the
problem, data to be collected, and response to findings to Rick Hooper.
Proposal cost, including labor and laboratory analysis, should not exceed
$2,000. Proposals will be funded on a first come-first served basis until
funds are exhausted.
Also, note that $150 per sample has been included for data review.
Districts are responsible for the initial review of data and for
requesting re-runs of samples from NWQL if necessary.
Initial transfers also include the salary cost for lead technicians to
attend the National Water Quality Technical Conference, which will be
held in Albuquerque, NM in December, 1997. Travel costs will be
reimbursed after travel vouchers have been processed.
Nominations for attendance at the QW Field Techniques class should be
made by the District through normal channels with a copy to Rick Hooper.
Equalization costs will be reimbursed to the Districts after completion
of the training.
Further information about the NASQAN program is available on the NASQAN
internal homepage (http://wwwga.usgs.gov/nasqan) and on the NASQAN
external homepage (http://water.usgs.gov/public/nasqan).
Janice R. Ward /s/ for
David A. Rickert
Chief, Office of Water Quality
This memorandum supersedes OWQ Technical Memorandum 97.01.
Distribution: A, B, DC, AO, District Water Quality Specialists, Regional
Water Quality Specialists
Key Words: NASQAN, basin, coordinator, station
Table 1: NASQAN Stations for FY98
Station Name District Basin Fixed Event Initial
ID Samples Samples Transfer
N/A Alaskan Rivers AK ALSK -- -- $70,000
7263620 Ark. R@D.Terry AR MISS 10 0 $35,430
9380000 Colorado R@Lees AZ CLRD 6 0 $24,873
9404200 Colorado R abv AZ CLRD 9 0 $41,168
9429490 Colorado R. abv AZ CLRD 6 0 $18,385
9522000 Colorado R @NIB AZ CLRD 6 0 $17,785
5420500 Mississippi@ IA MISS 10 3 $37,866
6610000 Missouri@Omaha IA MISS 12 3 $64,620
3216600 Ohio@Greenup Dam KY MISS 12 3 $71,294
3303280 Ohio@Cannelton KY MISS 12 3 $60,157
3377500 Wabash@Mt. Carmel KY MISS 12 3 $56,813
3609750 Tennessee R @ KY MISS 12 0 $53,658
3612500 Ohio nr Gr. Chain KY MISS 12 3 $62,378
7373420 Mississippi@St. LA MISS 12 3 $60,276
7381495 Atchafalaya R @ LA MISS 12 3 $59,726
5587455 Mississippi@ MO MISS 12| 3 $1,230
6934500 Missouri@Hermann MO MISS 12 3 $48,770
7022000 Mississippi@Thebes MO MISS 12 3 $61,215
6185500 Missouri nr MT MISS 6 3 $22,660
6329500 Yellowstone R.@ MT MISS 9 3 $32,110
6338490 Missouri@Garrison ND MISS 6 0 $17,126
6805500 Platte R. @ NE MISS 12 3 $14,734
8364000 Rio Grande@El NM RIOG 10 3 $16,755
9421500 Colorado blw NV CLRD 6 0 $20,850
14128910 Columbia@ OR CLMB 10 2 $39,958
14211720 Willamette@ OR CLMB 12 4 $28,395
14246900 Columbia@Beaver OR CLMB 11 4 $54,115
6440000 Missouri@Pierre SD MISS 6 0 $16,885
8377200 Rio Grande@Foster TX RIOG 8 3 $29,896
8447410 Pecos R. nr. TX RIOG 8 3 $28,620
8450900 Rio G. blw TX RIOG 6 0 $19,508
8459000 Rio Grande@Laredo TX RIOG 10 3 $37,292
8461300 Rio Grande bl TX RIOG 6 3 $21,644
8470400 Arroyo Colorado TX RIOG 10 3 $33,640
8475000 Rio Grande nr TX RIOG 10 3 $35,458
9180500 Colorado R nr UT CLRD 10 0 $25,865
9315000 Green R.@Green R. UT CLRD 10 0 $28,065
9379500 San Juan R@Bluff UT CLRD 10 0 $33,840
12400520 Columbia@Northport WA CLMB 10 0 $52,326
12472900 Columbia@Vernita WA CLMB 10 0 $41,209
13353200 Snake@Burbank WA CLMB 12 3 $49,062
*Station operated jointly with NAWQA. Costs refect only NASQAN portion of
|Sampling costs for fixed samples paid by cooperation with State of