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Water Quality Assessments of Selected Lakes within Washington State: 1998

Publication number Date Published
00-03-039December 2000
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Author(s) Smith, A.K., D. Hallock, and S. O"Neal
Description In 1998 the Washington State Department of Ecology embarked on a different approach to assessing lake water quality. Recent methods in lake monitoring focused on general assessments and long-term trends in water clarity. Although trend data are crucial in the documentation of declining or improving water quality through time, they provide little information as to whether or not beneficial uses of a lake are impaired.

The new approach in 1998 is an attempt to evaluate the condition of the beneficial uses on certain lakes throughout the state and to recommend lake-specific nutrient criteria for those lakes in order to protect or restore the uses.
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Keywords lakes, fish, study, order, plan, water, trend, water quality, assessment, monitoring, standards, quality, water quality standards, lake, beneficial use
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Areas
(WRIA 12,WRIA 13,WRIA 14,WRIA 15,WRIA 17,WRIA 18,WRIA 19,WRIA 34,WRIA 41,WRIA 43,WRIA 55,WRIA 57)
DATA Environmental Information Management (EIM) #AMS002


Quality Assurance Project Plan: West Medical Lake Verification Monitoring.