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Guide for Industrial Waste Management

Chapter 9: Monitoring Performance (PDF) (60 pp, 582K, About PDF)

A carefully designed monitoring program is essential to evaluating whether a unit meets performance objectives, and this chapter will help determine whether there are releases to, and impacts on, the surrounding environment that need to be corrected. By explaining the various aspects of monitoring ground water, surface water, soil, and air; quality assurance and quality control protocols; and data analysis, this chapter provides information to design effective monitoring programs that protect the environment. These measures also can improve unit performance and help reduce long-term costs and liabilities associated with industrial waste management.

This chapter helps to answer the following questions:


Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) Website. Exit EPA GWPC is a nonprofit organization whose members consist of state and federal ground-water agencies, industry representatives, environmentalists, and concerned citizens. GWPC's purpose is to ensure the use of best management practices and fair but effective laws regarding comprehensive ground-water protection.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service, Soil Quality Institute (SQI) Website. SQI identifies soil quality research findings and practical technologies that help conserve and improve soil. Provides information on soil quality, soil quality assessment, land management and soil quality, and soil biology.

U.S. EPA Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards Website on ambient monitoring technology information. Contain information on ambient air quality monitoring programs and details on monitoring methods.

U.S. EPA Office of Water Website on monitoring water quality with information on water quality reporting, biological assessments, volunteer monitoring, water quality data systems, and mapping tools.

U.S. EPA Office of Water Website on STORET. STORET is a database that contains raw biological, chemical, and physical data on surface and ground water collected by federal, state, and local agencies, Indian Tribes, and others. STORET also contains information on why the data were gathered and sampling and analytical methods that were used.

U.S. Geological Society Website on ground-water data for the U.S. Contains ground-water site inventory, ground-water level data and water-quality data.

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