Watershed Planning and Water Quality Analysis
in the Topanga Creek Watershed
5 May 1999
Summary: Collect and analyze water quality data throughout the Topanga Creek Watershed and use this information for consensus based watershed planning efforts aimed at reducing source and non-point source pollution, restoring water quality at Topanga Beach and fostering the use of the watershed by target endangered species such as Steelhead Trout and Red-legged Frogs, and sensitive species like the Western Pond Turtles.
RCDSMM Board of Directors = David Gottleib, President, Dennis Washburn, Nancy Helsley, Glenn Bailey and Fran Pavley
Project Manager = Rosi Dagit, Conservation Biologist
122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, CA 90290
310-455-1030 fax 310-455-1172
Task 1. PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Subtask 1.1 Project Management
The RCDSMM shall be responsible for providing all technical and administrative services as needed for the project completion including but not limited to: staff resources for monitoring, supervising, and reviewing all work performed; coordination of budgeting, scheduling and subcontract administration.
Subtask 1.2 Quarterly Progress Reports
The RCDSMM shall prepare and submit written quarterly progress reports to the State Boards Contract Manager Greg Franz. The progress reports will detail work accomplished , discuss any problems encountered and potential solutions to those problems, detail costs incurred during the subject quarter and document delivery of any intermediate work products. A brief outline of upcoming work scheduled for the subsequent quarter should also be provided. Progress reports must be submitted by the 10th day of the month (April, July, October, January) throughout the duration of the project.
Subtask 1.3 Data Management
The RCDSMM shall prepare and submit all water quality data for input into the SWQIS/STORET system.
Subtask 1.4 Subcontract
The RCDSMM shall subcontract with either Fruit Growers Laboratory or Montgomery Watson Laboratory to conduct analysis of samples taken for total and fecal coliform, E. coli and total suspended solids. UCLA may also provide analysis of sedimentary rocks to evaluate them as a nitrogen source.
Subtask 1.5 Budget
See attached sheets.
TASK 2. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Subtask 2.1 Technical Advisory Committee
The RCDSMM will form a TAC composed of representatives of the following groups/agencies: Topanga Watershed Committee, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Heal the Bay, LA County Health Dept., local non-point source experts. This committee will meet as needed to advise on the location of collection sites and to analyze and review data. The first meeting will be prior to commencement of sampling in July 1999.
Subtask 2.2 Public Meetings
The RCDSMM facilitates the monthly meetings of the Topanga Watershed Committee which has representatives of all stakeholders in the watershed. There will be direct monthly feedback to the Committee on the sampling findings.
TASK 3. DEVELOP QUALITY ASSURANCE PLAN
Both subcontracting labs have existing QA/QC strategies. The water quality test kits and meters used for additional sampling are checked quarterly by Dominic Gregorio of Southern California Marine Institute as part of the QA/QC program for all the volunteer water quality monitoring groups in the Santa Monica Bay. Additionally, three samples will be tested at each site to ensure internal consistency. Volunteers will be trained twice per year and subjected to periodic testing to assure reliable data. Twice yearly nitrates, nitrites, phosphates and ammonia will also be tested by the lab to ensure that volunteer data values are consistent.
TASK 4. SCOPE OF WORK
Please see attached sheet noting project milestones.
TASK 5. IMPLEMENTATION, INSTITUTIONAL AND FINANCIAL PLANNING
Subtask 5.1 Implementation Evaluation Checklist
(to be provided)
TASK 6. PROJECT FINAL REPORT
Subtask 6.1 Prepare and Circulate Draft Final Report
The RCDSMM will prepare a report summarizing and analyzing the data from all water quality sampling and that from any other additional sources (Hyperion, LA County Health Dept.). The report will be circulated to the TAC and incorporate their responses. Presentations of the report findings will be made to the community via Topanga Watershed Committee meetings and the local newspaper (Messenger) and web site (TopangaOnline.com). Public response and comments will be noted.
Subtask 6.2 Prepare and Circulate Final Report
The RCDSMM will finalize the report and circulate it to all the stakeholders of the watershed.
Subtask 6.3 UC Davis database
The RCDSMM will provide the information to the UC Davis website upon request.