Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)
By developing a comprehensive Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for the Waquoit Bay Reserve, data from both water quality monitoring programs (System-wide Monitoring Program & Waquoit BayWatchers) can be incorporated into a regional database developed by the Cape Cod Commission and used to model nutrient dynamic changes.
The QAPP will strengthen the Reserve’s data collection process and enhance its ability to share and integrate data across private and academic institutions as well as state and federal agencies. This increased capacity for standardized data sharing is significant for this project but also for future collaborations.
The data are sent to the Cape Cod Commission, for integration into the Cape Cod regional water quality database. The Cape Cod Commission makes this database publicly available for end-users including, but not limited to, the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative (“Collaborative”), a group with representatives from all fifteen Cape Cod towns and two Barnstable County representatives. The database is also available for end-users, such as scientists, restoration consultants, and regulatory agencies.