Regional Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (REMAP) Research Projects

The Regional Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (REMAP) is a partnership between the EPA Regional Offices and the Office of Research and Development (ORD) Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP), with the primary goal to build state and tribal capacity for using statistically
valid monitoring data for reporting on the condition of their aquatic resources.

The goals for REMAP are to transfer EMAP's latest scientific techniques for ecological monitoring to EPA Regions, States, Tribes and local decision makers.

ORD works with the EPA Regional Offices to support projects meeting EMAP criteria and that are of importance to needs within the Regions.

EMAP support for these projects includes: contributing to development of the scientific design of projects; assistance with the selection and evaluation of appropriate indicators and methods for measurement; application of information management approaches; analysis and interpretation of data; and providing a source of funding.

EPA funds projects in each of its 10 Regions.

Projects are normally funded for up to 2 years, but longer projects are occasionally supported.

Annual announcements reflect priority needs in those Regions where funding will be allocated for new projects.

The primary objectives of the solicited research are to provide States and Tribes with methods and approaches for incorporating statistically valid ecological monitoring data into their environmental decision-making process.

Project goals are to be consistent with EMAP's probabilistic approach (www.epa.gov/emap) to answer questions about ecological conditions at regional and local levels.

Information produced from projects is to be transferable to Regional, State and Tribal water quality monitoring programs and regulatory agencies.

Research proposals must address one or more of the following monitoring needs for State and tribal aquatic (headwater streams, lakes, near shore coastal areas, wetlands, wadeable streams or large rivers) resources: State and Tribal monitoring needs for water quality reporting (CWA Section 305b).

Information needed for identifying impaired waters (CWA Section 303d).

Using probability information to identify the effectiveness of restoration/remediation efforts.

Advancing the science of biological reference condition for establishing biocriteria.

Improved tools and approaches for the assessment of aquatic ecosystems.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: At this time, it is not anticipated that there will be a new funding opportunity for 2008.

Funding Priority-Fiscal Year 2009.

It is anticipated that there will be a new funding opportunity for 2009.

Priorities will be identified in a later update to this CFDA.

Detailed background information is provided in the 2006 solicitation.

Proposals for probabilistic assessments of headwater streams, lakes, near shore coastal areas, wetlands, wadable streams or large rivers that answer questions of State and Tribal importance in Regions 3, 4, 6 and 7 will be considered.

However, selection criteria will be weighted towards the above 5 priority areas.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2007: For the FY 07 solicitation, funding will be available for projects in EPA Regions 2, 5, 8, 9, and 10.

Funding priorities for these Regions will be identified and described in the annual announcement.
Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Designing and Implementing a Program to Evaluate New England's Lakes and Ponds: Currently, there is not a statistically-valid design in place to perform a comprehensive and unbiased assessment of New England lakes and ponds.

This study is addressing that need in order to meet 305b reporting requirements and provide information on status and trends of these ecosystems.

(2) Validation and Sensitivity Analysis for Rapid Wetland Assessment using Comprehensive Wetland Assessment Data: This project is addressing the need for methods to assess and report on the ecological condition of wetlands in the State of Delaware.

(3) A Biological Assessment of the Large Rivers of the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River Basins in Region 5: There is currently no statistically valid method to assess large rivers.

This study is developing calibrated biological assessment tools and designing a systematic and standardized approach for the assessment of these large river systems.

(4) Developing rigorous assessments for large Pacific Northwest rivers.

The purpose of this project is to document the feasibility, logistics, and costs to states of using EMAP indicators and designs to assess the ecological condition, major stressors, and likely human disturbances of entire main-stem rivers in the Pacific Northwest in Region 10.

(5) Development of Benthic Indicators for Nearshore Coastal Waters of New Jersey.

This study is Developing of an indicator of ecosystem health for the benthic community in the estuarine and nearshore waters of New Jersey in Region 2.


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

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Office - Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate ORD or Regional Office listed on REMAP's website at www.epa.gov/emap/remap, and listed in the RFA for this program.