DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEMS IN WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT

The role of routine water quality surveillance in a water quality management program was investigated. This included a delineation of the objectives a state water quality program based upon the state and federal laws. Seven specific objectives are listed under the two general objectives of prevention and abatement. These seven specific objectives are planning, research, aid programs, technical assistance, regulation, enforcement, and data collection, processing, and dissemination. The information requirements of the objectives were delineated in general terms. Each objective was broken down into the general activities required for its accomplishment and the data needed for each activity was identified. A survey of the current state-of-the-art of grab sampling, automatic monitoring, and remote sensing was performed. Each data acquisition technique was analyzed as to its capabilities, reliability, and cost. With the above information, a design procedure was developed for designing a state water quality surveillance program which is responsive to the objectives of the agency. The design procedure has two major aspects: (1) determination of the state agency's strategy with respect to its attack on water pollution, and (2) characterization of the streams in the state so that rational decisions with respect to sampling location and frequency can be made. The optimum grab sampling network was designed and then the possibilities of subsituting automatic monitoring and remote sensing and various points in the surveillance system were explored. The design procedure was applied to the State of Colorado and a water quality monitoring system was developed for the Water Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Health. Financial and manpower constraints were considered in the design. This report was submitted in fulfillment of Project Number 1609 FUO, under the (partial) sponsorship of the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Colorado State University, Fort Collins

    Agricultural Engineering Department
    Fort Collins, CO  USA  80521
  • Authors:
    • Ward, R C
  • Publication Date: 1973-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 260 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EPA-R5-73-014
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM