Notice of Public Solicitation of Water Quality Data for the 2024 Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality in Maryland.
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is currently requesting data for the 2024 Integrated Report (IR) of Surface Water Quality in Maryland. As part of the federal Clean Water Act, MDE submits a biennial Integrated Report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that provides information on both impaired and non-impaired waters within the state of Maryland. In order to provide the most comprehensive report, the Department relies on water quality data from a variety of sources including Federal and State agencies, local government agencies, researchers, students, and watershed organizations.
If your organization collected water quality data in Maryland within the past five-year period (January 1, 2017- December 31, 2021), please consider submitting your data. MDE is particularly interested in water quality data that are comparable to state water quality standards and criteria (e.g., dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, various toxics, benthic macroinvertebrate and fish community data). Other water quality data, including conductivity, nutrient species, chlorophyll, habitat conditions, and field observations may also be used to assess ambient water quality.
To submit data, please complete this 2024 Integrated Report Submittal Form and follow the appropriate data pathway. For additional information on the types of data accepted and how to submit data, please visit MDE's Data Solicitation webpage.
Because the IR is a regulatory document, some data received may not be suitable for water quality assessments. However, the Department will track all data received and data submitters can contact MDE to inquire how their data were used and why. Please contact Becky Monahan at Becky.Monahan@maryland.gov with any questions.