Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manuals are important tools for achieving quality assurance practices in the Division of Water (DOW). SOPs describe specific methods and procedures used in all aspects of environmental planning and monitoring projects. Most SOPs utilized in DOW activities are developed internally. These procedures were written to meet state obligations and requirements for monitoring and analyzing data.
The use of these SOPs by outside organizations and agencies should be coordinated with a DOW scientist to ensure that the correct application of these protocols and templates is performed.
The DOW is in the process of revising most of its SOPs for environmental monitoring programs. The most current SOPs are listed in the table below, with links provided to the documents. SOPs that are not linked are currently in progress and should be available soon.
If a procedure is not listed in the current table, it is possible that it was covered in a prior document and can be located in the historic SOP section beneath the table.
Contact the specific project biologist or Lisa Hicks (the quality assurance officer) for assistance in identifying the most current document to use.
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The following two tables provide the most current SOPs used in biological, physical, chemical and habitat monitoring and assessment.