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The first element of the Board's Strategy corresponds to the first
and second "cog" of the NWQMC's Monitoring Framework:
"Develop monitoring objectives" and "Design
Monitoring objectives must first be defined and documented
with clear, precise information prior to initiation of a water quality
monitoring program. Especially important in this step is the information
purpose ("Why are these data being collected?").
Monitoring design is the careful establishment and documentation
of the location of sampling sites, the frequency of sampling, the
measurements to be made, and a plan to implement the design. The
design must also include contingencies for unexpected events that
can occur in the field and, if encountered, may derail the best
laid plans of monitoring professionals.