Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP) has partnered with United States Geological Survey (USGS) North Carolina Water Science Center and are working on a four-year demonstration project in the Albemarle Sound region.

1. It is a monitoring data collection effort with the goal of cataloguing monitoring and research programs relevant to the Albemarle Sound and its tributaries. The area of interest includes the Albemarle Sound, lower Chowan and Roanoke, Currituck Sound, Croatan Sound and Roanoke Sound. We are interested in all physical, chemical, and biological monitoring and research in the estuary, rivers, beaches, nearshore, offshore, atmosphere, wetlands, groundwater, and rivers. The data will eventually be made publically available in a web-based portal.
2. It is a monitoring effort that will data gaps realized through the monitoring data gap analysis.

Data collected and submitted by stakeholders will help design monitoring strategies for the entire Albemarle region. If you are working in this region, please consider filling out the spreadsheet.  Attached are three documents:
(1) Albemarle_NMN_InfoSheet.pdf: A two-page project overview,
(2) Instructions%20for%20completing%20the%20Albemarle%20Gap%20Analysis%20spreadsheet.docx: Detailed instructions for filling out the spreadsheet, and
(3) AlbemarleMonitoringSpreadsheet.xlsx: the spreadsheet we are using for the monitoring data collection effort. It is helpful to print out the readme worksheet.

We hope that you will help participate in this initial effort by providing relevant information on the spreadsheet regarding your organization’s and/or network’s monitoring programs by October 15, 2012, but we will continue to take entries anytime during the course of the project.

USGS project leader, Dr. Michelle Moorman is the project contact at mmoorman@usgs.gov