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Bioaccumulation Monitoring Program Training Series

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The SWAMP Bioaccumulation Monitoring Program, in partnership with California Indian Environmental Alliance, will be offering a tribally-centered Bioaccumulation Monitoring Training Series in 2024.

The purpose of this training series is to support California Native American Tribes in developing programs in the areas of bioaccumulation monitoring, data analysis, and data use processes, and enable Tribes and other bioaccumulation monitoring groups to adopt those processes into their workflows and more easily partner with the Program and the Safe to Eat Workgroup.

The partnership between the Program and the California Indian Environmental Alliance in developing this training series is critical to ensure the training materials and content are tailored to broad and diverse audiences. Each training in the series will be recorded and the pertinent components of each recording and corresponding training materials will be published on the Program’s website so anyone can access and use them in the future.

On June 5, 2024, SWAMP and OEHHA staff gave a presentation on the Training Series to the CalEPA Tribal Advisory Committee. See presentation slides for more details.

Training Logistics

  • This training series is only open to California Tribal Environmental Departments (or equivalent Tribal programs) at this time.
  • All courses will be held virtually over Zoom, and instruction will be recorded for posting online (Q&A will not be posted without the consent of attendees).
  • All courses are free to attend.
  • Each course will be less than 3 hours in length.
  • Registration for each course will remain open until after the end of the course.
  • Course announcements and updates will be shared via the California Water Board’s Tribal Matters and Safe to Eat Workgroup email lists.

Training Series Timeline

Date and Time

Course Description

Supporting Documents

Jan. 30, 2024

Introduction to the Bioaccumulation Monitoring Program and Safe to Eat Workgroup

This course is intended to act as a brief introduction to the SWAMP Bioaccumulation Monitoring Program and Safe to Eat Workgroup (STEW), as well as provide an overview of upcoming trainings and how to register.



Feb. 20, 2024

Bioaccumulation monitoring study design & preparation

This course will cover the basics of what is included in a bioaccumulation monitoring study design and the steps one should take to prepare, and things to consider before heading out into the field.



Mar. 19, 2024

Bioaccumulation monitoring sample collection protocols & processing

This course will cover the essential sample collection and processing protocols and things to consider while out in the field or while in the lab preparing samples for analysis.



Tue. Sep. 17, 2024

9 am – 12 pm PT

Bioaccumulation monitoring data QAQC & submission to SWAMP/CEDEN

This course will cover development of a QAPP, which documents the essential quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) procedures one should complete when reviewing their data and before submitting it to the SWAMP or California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) databases.

Registration Link

Oct – Dec 2024

More specific scheduling information will be provided closer to the course date.

Bioaccumulation monitoring data analysis & interpretation

This course will cover the essentials on how to pull bioaccumulation monitoring data from the California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) database, as well as how to analyze and interpret it appropriately.


Oct – Dec 2024

More specific scheduling information will be provided closer to the course date.

OEHHA fish consumption advisory development

This course is intended to act as a brief introduction to how the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) develops fish consumption advisories.


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  Contact Information

For questions about the Bioaccumulation Monitoring Program or the Program Training Series, please email Anna.Holder@waterboards.ca.gov