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EPA Publishes Guidance on the Application of QA/QC Principles to Ecological Restoration Project Monitoring

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EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office and the Interagency Ecological Restoration Quality Committee are pleased to announce the recent publication of Application of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Principles to Ecological Restoration Project Monitoring (EPA-905-K19-001, April 2019).

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This document can be cited as: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2019. Application of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Principles to Ecological Restoration Project Monitoring. Publication No. EPA/905/K-19/001. Chicago, IL: Great Lakes National Program Office.

It addresses the unique challenges associated with controlling and documenting the quality of ecological monitoring data. It describes QA/QC strategies to improve the quality of data collected and increase certainty in decision making, with a broader goal of improving the success of ecological restoration activities.

The practices, procedures, information and concepts outlined in this guidance can help:

  • Save time and resources by enhancing the consistency of documentation and procedures in current and future projects.
  • Improve data quality for ecological measurements and observations, aid in evaluating project success and incorporate long-term effectiveness monitoring as feedback to adaptive management.
  • Encourage a common approach to QA/QC across multiple entities involved in ecological restoration projects to improve data comparability over time and support comparison of various restoration strategies.
  • Serve as a consolidated collection of the best QA/QC practices for ecological restoration projects across multiple agencies.

The guidance includes eight chapters, four appendices, decision trees, examples to illustrate concepts, and checklists.

Anticipated users include:

  • ecological restoration specialists and stakeholders representing federal, state and tribal agencies
  • non-governmental organizations, civic and local groups,
  • the academic community supporting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
  • those supporting ecological restoration projects undertaken for other purposes

Contact Louis Blume (312-353-2317 blume.louis@epa.gov) for more information.

Funding for this guidance document was provided under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.