The foundation of a long-term water quality monitoring program like Kenai Watershed Forum’s Kenai River Baseline Monitoring is a good Quality Assurance Project Plan, or QAPP. The QAPP outlines technical details when it comes to who, what, when, and where of a water quality monitoring project. It is an instruction manual and checklist, an accountability document and a reference guide. Maintaining an up-to-date QAPP is important to ensure we are using the best-available science.

With support from the Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program, Kenai Watershed Forum recently completed an update of our QAPP, the document which guides our water quality monitoring work. Our thanks to staff at the Region 10 EPA office as well as the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation who provided feedback and comments.

Our current QAPP is linked below and available to download. Please contact us if you have questions about the QAPP, or about QAPP development in general.

Download Kenai Watershed Forum’s 2023 Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)


Bonus Content

  • Download the “Work Group Notebook” from 1997 that records the efforts of local agencies, nonprofits, landowners, and academics coming together to design the Kenai River Baseline Monitoring program, which has been in operation from the year 2000 – present.

  • Watch a 10-minute presentation on our YouTube channel about our Kenai River Baseline Monitoring program