Central Plains Center for Bioassessment
Database Development for Definition and Assessment of Nutrient Levels and their Biological Effects in the Missouri River
|Date||January 2007 - December 2008|
Great Lakes Environmental Center
Overview: The Central Plains Center for BioAssessment (CPCB) provided data and analytical support to USEPA Regions 7 and 8 to support efforts to coordinate the nutrient criteria work of states and tribes in the Missouri River Basin (www.epa.gov/msbasin), including Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska in USEPA Region 7 and South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana in Region 8.
CPCB's immediate objectives were to:
- Solicit from federal, state, tribal, and local agencies and academic institutions the chemical and biological data available from the Missouri River.
- Incorporate all data into one MSAccess relational database.
- Document data acquisition and compilation, including methods, detection limits, QAQC procedures, etc.
- Present data at regional meetings (in person or conference calls) and make data and documents available on the CPCB webpage.
Results from analyses of the river database, regional meetings, and summary documentation will provide states and tribes with resources for determining their own nutrient criteria for nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll and turbidity in the Missouri River. Each state can use the data to further refine the criteria based on stream size, ecoregion, watershed land use/land cover, etc.