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Long Island-New Jersey (LINJ) Coastal Drainages Study
04/28/94-Meeting Announcements and Agenda
Water Resources Division, NJ District 810 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 206 West Trenton, New Jersey 08628 April 28, 1994 Dear Committee Member, Subject: National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program liaison meeting Thank you for agreeing to participate on the liaison committee for the Long Island-New Jersey NAWQA study. The first committee meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 13 at the EPA facility in Edison, NJ. The goal of this meeting is to define and prioritize the water-quality issues in the study area. We appreciate your willingness to help. The meeting will begin at 9:30am and conclude by 3:00pm. Background information follows below and an agenda/map is attached. Lunch will be a nominal charge of $3 to $4 (a selection of hoagies, condiments, and drinks). The USGS NAWQA program began in 1991 with goals to (1) evaluate the quality of the Nation's surface- and groundwater resources, (2) monitor changes through time, and (3) work to improve our understanding of factors affecting water quality. NAWQA is a national program with emphasis on national- and regional-scale water-quality problems, but there is flexibility in the individual study design to address the more important study-scale issues as well. It is the intent of NAWQA to produce relevant information that will be useful to policy makers and managers at all levels. We believe with your and others input, the liaison process at this level will lead to more relevant products for the study area and the Nation. NAWQA was designed to build a national assessment, in large part, from 60 representative river basins and aquifer systems (study units). The Long Island-New Jersey Coastal Drainages (LINJ) is on of the 60. Budget limitations required NAWQA to be rotational in nature. The first set of 20 study units were begun in 1991, the second set of 20 is starting now (1994), and the third set of 20 is scheduled to begin in 1997. The Hudson River Basin is in the 1991 set. The Delaware River Basin will be in the 1997 set. The LINJ study unit is in the 1994 set. The LINJ study team (eventually 8- 10 people) will be coordinated from our West Trenton office. Tasks for the first two years, 1994 and 1995, include staffing, developing a liaison process, analyzing existing data, and designing a data collection program to start in late 1995. We currently have a staff of two, Paul Stackelberg and myself. You are part of the LINJ liaison committee, see attached list of members. These planning activities, with your help, should prepare an efficient design for 3 years of intensive data collection in 1996-98 and 6 years of lower level activities that follow. Like the study unit teams, there also are national synthesis teams of scientists to address the national-scale issues, interpretations, and products. You'll learn more about all these NAWQA details in later meetings as the need occurs. See the attached generalized report "Implementation Plan for the NAWQA Program" for additional details. LINJ LIAISON COMMITTEE, MAY 13, 1994 MEETING AGENDA 9:40 Welcome Janice Ward 9:45 Introduction to NAWQA Mark Ayers 10:15 Discussion of Study boundaries Mark Ayers 10:30 NJ water-quality management planning initiatives Dan VanAbs 11:00 Review of LINJ study issues Paul Stackelberg 11:30 Lunch inhouse (hoagies, condiments, and drinks) 12:30 Goals of work group sessions Mark Ayers 12:40 Breakout into work groups to define and prioritize water-quality issues which NAWQA should address facilitators Group 1-- Surface-water issues Janice Ward Group 2-- Groundwater issues Paul Stackelberg Group 3-- Aquatic ecology issues Mark Ayers 2:15 Break 2:30 Presentations of work group discussions (5-7 minutes each group) 2:50 Summary discussion All 3:00 Set next meeting date and adjourn CONCEPTUAL NAWQA DESIGN Analysis of ---< Historical Data >----- | | | v ^ v National Synthesis Teams >===< Study Unit Team >===========< Liaison Team | ^ | | | ^ | | | | v | | | | | -----> Study Design <--- | | | | | | | | | v | | | ------------< New Data >----------- | v v ---------------> NAWQA Products <------------