Chesapeake Bay Program Water Quality and Biological Data Management

Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin

Bay and Basin Data Management

Map of Potomac Basin within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Potomac Basin within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Readily available, high-quality monitoring data are invaluable to resource managers and scientists trying to understand river and bay ecosystems and assess their health. ICPRB’s multi-year Data Management project for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) helps maintain and update very large databases of monitoring data collected in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which includes the Potomac River.

Monitoring Data

The monitoring data, as well as the indicators calculated from them, are used by diverse groups including resource managers, analysts, researchers, students, and the general public. They allow resource managers to look across the entire Chesapeake region and assess progress toward meeting commitments to restore the Bay. The monitoring data and supporting documentation can be found on the CBP Data webpages.

ICPRB Work with CBP

ICPRB staff Mike Mallonee is located at the CBP office in Annapolis, Maryland. He receives water quality and biological data sets routinely submitted by CBP partners. He then steps the data through several quality assurance procedures and incorporates them into the large CBP relational databases ready to be made available on the internet.

ICPRB staff in Rockville, Maryland, contribute to the project goals and objectives. They compile certain biological data, develop computer programs to calculate metrics and indexes of biological health, respond to data analysis requests, and participate in CBP workgroups and ad hoc analysis task groups.

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