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Based Systems (PBS) Workgroup was established to promote
the design and implementation of a system for selecting methods
of analysis according to their performance and the specified
Environmental Methods Index (NEMI) has been developed
online as a free, searchable clearinghouse of methods and procedures,
designed to assist method comparisons for regulatory and non-regulatory
Quality Data Elements Workgroup has been charged to
develop and recommend a core set of data elements
for voluntarily reporting water quality monitoring results,
to facilitate sharing of comparable data, while recognizing
the objectives of individual programs.
and Field Accreditation workgroup was formed to identify
gaps in monitoring programs that may limit acceptance of their
data, and to make recommendations to workgroups in the National
Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) and
the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB).
and Microbiology Workgroup was created to recognize
the diversity of biological and microbiological methods being
widely applied, and to promote the use of procedures in the
field and laboratory that are adequately documented and validated.
Workgroup will develop input on methods and data for nutrients,
to contribute to activities of PBS, NEMI, and WQDE workgroups,
and to respond to national monitoring programs concerned with
Technologies Workgroup was established to give recognition
to methods of analysis that show promise in increasing the quantity
and quality of data, and for expanding the range of problems
that can be addressed in current monitoring programs.
and Publicity Workgroup was formed to interact with
all sectors of the monitoring community, to ensure that their
needs are represented in achieving comparable methods and data.