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Achievements

The Achievements Report highlights recent accomplishments of the SWAMP and its partners, framing the many projects SWAMP is a part of in the context of their value to the State of California and the public at large. The Achievements Report also describes how monitoring data have been used to answer critical water quality questions pertaining to California’s surface waters and how this information has been conveyed to resource managers and the public. Program activities are organized under the following categories: Monitoring, Assessments, Communication, Comparability, Coordination, and Management Decisions.

Bioaccumulation Monitoring Program

The goal of the Bioaccumulation Monitoring Program is to address the “Fishable” beneficial use through surveys of contaminant concentrations in fish tissue throughout waters of the state. The Bioaccumulation Oversight Group (BOG) serves as the advising body for SWAMP’s fish tissue monitoring program. Sampling occurs on a five-year cycle, rotating between lakes and reservoirs, coastal waters, and rivers and streams. The following reports are currently available:

Bioassessment Monitoring Program

PSA | RCMP | Algae | External Review | CABW & Other Bioassessment Links

Perennial Streams Assessment (PSA)
The PSA is an ongoing, long-term statewide survey of the ecological condition of wadeable perennial streams and rivers throughout California. The PSA is funded by SWAMP and other partners, including the USEPA and the Water Boards’ Nonpoint Source program. The PSA collects samples for biological indicators (benthic macroinvertebrates, algae) and chemical constituents (nutrients, major ions, etc.), and conducts habitat assessments (both for in-stream and riparian corridor conditions). The PSA has produced numerous reports and other products, including:

Reference Condition Management Program (RCMP)
The RCMP, funded primarily by SWAMP, is California’s program for establishing and maintaining a network of stream and river “reference sites,” and using this network to establish “reference conditions” for wadeable perennial streams and rivers throughout California. The RCMP plays a central role in developing assessment thresholds for biotic integrity and in establishing biological objectives, and is supplemented by reference programs of several partner agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, etc.

Freshwater Algae Reports

Tools Based on Freshwater Algae

External Reviews of California’s Freshwater Bioassessment Programs

Methods for Conducting Bioassessments in Freshwater Streams and Rivers

Other Available Reports about Bioassessment

Useful Bioassessment Links and Resources

Stream Pollution Trends (SPoT) Monitoring Program

The SPoT project, funded primarily by SWAMP, monitors trends in sediment toxicity and sediment contaminant concentrations in selected large rivers throughout California, and relates contaminant concentrations to watershed land uses.

Special Studies

Coastal Studies

Constituents of Emerging Concern

Healthy Streams Partnership

Specific Stressors

Toxicity Studies

Wetland Studies

SWAMP Statewide Planning Documents

SWAMP General Information (Fact Sheets, Posters, etc.)

Webinars and Powerpoint Presentations

Regional Reports and Documents

  • Regional Reports and Websites
  • SWAMP Regional Fact Sheets