Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment
The Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Program monitors surface water quality conditions and trends statewide, and assesses sources and severity of pollution problems. Bureau staff develop and convey pertinent and reliable information on the condition of Montana's environment to resource managers and the public.
The Program has responsibility for operation of statewide water quality monitoring networks, conducts inventories of pollution sources, and identifies impaired streams, lakes and watersheds.
Recent Surface Water Monitoring Related Reports
- Clark Fork River Nutrient Water Quality Status and Trends Report, 1998-2012
- Montana Rivers and Streams Assessment (October 2013)
- Montana Statewide Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Strategy: 2009-2019
- An Assessment of the Ecological Conditions of the Streams and Rivers of Montana using the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) Method – 2008
- Water Quality and Biological Characteristics of Montana Streams in a Statewide Monitoring Network, 1999-2005 Comprehensive Report
- Statistical Evaluation of Periphyton Samples from Montana Reference Streams – 2007
- Interpretation of Periphyton Samples for Montana Streams – Middle Rockies Ecoregion – 2006
- Diatom Biocriteria for Montana Streams – Middle Rockies Ecoregion – 2006
- Identification and Assessment of Montana Reference Streams: A Follow-up and Expansion of the 1992 Benchmark Biology Study
- Diatom Biocriteria for Montana Streams – 2005
- Wadeable Streams of Montana’s Hi-line Region: An Analysis of Their Nature and Condition, with an Emphasis on Factors Affecting Aquatic Plant Communities and Recommendations to Prevent Nuisance Algae Conditions
- Evaluation of Fecal Coliform Concentrations Along Selected Reaches of the Upper Smith River