Credible Data is a program that classifies surface water monitoring performed by watershed groups, state agencies, schools, local volunteers and other organizations. Ohio EPA uses the data submitted under the program in ways prescribed by State law.

References

The documents on this page are cited in Ohio's Credible Data Rules (Chapter 3745-4 of the Administrative Code).

Volunteer Manual - USEPA. 1997. Volunteer Stream Monitoring: A Methods Manual. EPA 841-B-97-003. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water. Washington D.C. 210 p.

Hach Company. 2005. Water analysis methods published by Hach Company, Loveland, CO.

USEPA. 1983. Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA 600/4-79-020. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Monitoring and Support Laboratory. Cincinnati, Ohio. 552 p. Also see www.epa.gov/waterscience/methods/method/.

Eaton, A.D., L.S. Clesceri, E.W. Rice, A.E. Greenberg, M.A.H. Franson, (editors). 2005. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater: Centennial Edition. 21st Edition. ISBN: 0875530478. American Public Health Association. Washington, D.C. 1368 p.

Clesceri, L.S., A.E. Greenberg, and A.D.Eaton, (editors). 1998. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 20th Edition. ISBN: 0875532357. American Public Health Association. Washington, D.C. 1325 p.

APHA. 1995. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. American Public Health Association. 19th Edition. American Public Health Association. Washington, D.C.

APHA. 1992. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. American Public Health Association. 18th Edition. American Public Health Association. Washington, D.C.

Anderson, P. and R. D. Davic. 2004. Use of transparency tubes for rapid assessment of total suspended solids and turbidity in streams. Lake and Reservoir Management. 20(2): 110-120. [PDF 1,903K]

(The following documents can be obtained by contacting Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas & Preserves, 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. F-1, Columbus OH 43229 (614) 265-6453.)

  • Kopec J. and S. Lewis. 1983. Stream quality monitoring. Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Scenic Rivers Programs. Columbus, Ohio. 20 p.

  • Ohio DNR. 1993. A guide to volunteer stream monitoring. Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Scenic Rivers Section. Columbus, Ohio. 23 p.

Omernik, J.M. 1987. Ecoregions of the conterminous United States. Ann. Assoc. Amer. Geogr. 77(1):118-125.

Barbour M.T., J. Gerritsen, B.D. Snyder, and J.B. Stribling. 1999. Rapid bioassessment protocols for use in streams and wadable rivers: periphyton, benthic macroinvertebrates and fish. Second edition. EPA 841/B-99-002. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water. Washinton D.C.

Johnson, K. S. 2007. Field and Laboratory Methods for using the MAIS (Macroinvertebrate Aggregated Index for Streams) in Rapid Bioassessment of Ohio Streams. Ohio University Department of Biological Sciences. Athens, OH. 18 pp. [PDF 332K]

Smith, E.P. and J.R. Voshell. 1997. Studies of benthic macroinvertebrates and fish in streams within EPA Region 3 for the development of biological indicators of ecological condition. Part 1, benthic macroinvertebrates. Report to U.S. EPA.. Cooperative Agreement CF821462010. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Washington D.C. 118 pp. [PDF 2,013K] 

Rantz, Saul Edward et al. 1982. Measurement and computation of streamflow -- v. 1, Measurement of stage and discharge: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2175. United States Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. Washington D.C. 284 p.


a) Ohio EPA. 2009. Manual of Ohio EPA Surveillance Methods and Quality Assurance Practices. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Surface Water / Division of Environmental Services. Columbus, Ohio. 41 p. [PDF 198K]

(b) USEPA. 1982. Handbook for Sampling and Sample Preservation of Water and Wastewater. EPA 600/4-82-029. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental Monitoring and Support Laboratory. Cincinnati, Ohio. 418 p.

(c) Ohio EPA. 1998. Sampling Methods for Documentation of a Public Health Nuisance under OAC Rule 3745-1-04 (F) & (G). August 20, 1998. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Surface Water. Columbus, Ohio. 7 p. [PDF 22K]

(d) Lind, O. T. 1985. Handbook of common methods in limnology. Second edition. Kendal / Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, IA. 199 p.

(a) Eaton, A.D., L.S. Clesceri, E.W. Rice, A.E. Greenberg, M.A.H. Franson, (editors). 2005. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater: Centennial Edition. 21st Edition. ISBN: 0875530478. American Public Health Association. Washington, D.C. 1368 p.

(b) Clesceri, L.S., A.E. Greenberg, and A.D. Eaton, (editors). 1998. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 20th Edition. ISBN: 0875532357. American Public Health Association. Washington, D.C. 1325 p.

(c) APHA. 1995. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. American Public Health Association. 19th Edition. American Public Health Association. Washington, D.C.

(d) APHA. 1992. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. American Public Health Association. 18th Edition. American Public Health Association. Washington, D.C.

(e) Ohio EPA. 1998. Permit Guidance #5 - Reporting and Testing Guidance for Biomonitoring Required by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Surface Water. Columbus, Ohio. 31 p. (plus six attachments). [PDF 159K]

(f) USEPA. 40 C.F.R. 136. July 1, 2004 edition.

(g) USEPA. 1983. Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA 600/4-79-020. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Monitoring and Support Laboratory. Cincinnati, Ohio. 552 p. Also see www.epa.gov/waterscience/methods/method/.

(h) USEPA. 1978. Microbiological Methods for Monitoring the Environment, Water and Wastes . EPA-600/8-78/017. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Monitoring and Support Laboratory, Cincinnati, Ohio. 356 p.

(i) Fishman, M. J. (editor). 1993. Methods of analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Laboratory; determination of inorganic and organic constituents in water and fluvial sediments. Open File report 93-125. United States Department of the Interior, U. S. Geological Survey. Denver, CO.

(j) Stevens, H.H. et. al. 1975. Water temperature-influential factors, field measurements and data presentation. In: Techniques of Water-Resource Investigations, Book 1, Chapter D1. United States Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. Washington, D.C.

(k) ASTM. 2005. Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Water and Environmental Technology. Volume11.01: Sampling and Flow Measurement; Inorganic Constituents. Volume11.02. Organic Constituents. American Society for Testing and Materials International. West Conshohocken, PA.

(l) AOAC. 2003. Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC INTERNATIONAL. 17th Edition, 2nd Revision. 2003. AOAC INTERNATIONAL. Gaithersburg, Maryland.

(a) Rantz, Saul Edward et al. 1982. Measurement and computation of streamflow -- v. 1, Measurement of stage and discharge: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2175. United States Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. Washington D.C. 284 p.

(b) Lipscomb, S.W. 1995. Quality assurance plan for discharge measurements using broadband acoustic Doppler current profilers. U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 95-701. 12 p.

(c) U.S. Geological Survey. 2005. Techniques of Water Resources Investigations Reports. Book 3: Applications of hydraulics, Section A: Surface-water techniques. (21 chapters). United States Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. Washington D.C.

(d) Bureau of Reclamation. 1997. Water Measurement Manual, Third Edition. United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Water Resources Research Laboratory. Denver, Colorado.

(e) International Organization for Standardization (ISO). 2005. Published standards found at 17.120.20. Flow in open channels.

(f) ASTM. 2005. Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Water and Environmental Technology, Section 11.01: Sampling and Flow Measurement. American Society for Testing and Materials International. West Conshohocken, PA.

(a) Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. 1987a. Biological criteria for the protection of aquatic life: Volume I. The role of biological data in water quality assessment. Div. Water Qual. Monit. & Assess., Surface Water Section. Columbus, Ohio.

(b) Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. 1987b. Biological criteria for the protection of aquatic life: Volume II. Users manual for biological field assessment of Ohio surface waters. Div. Water Qual. Monit. & Assess., Surface Water Section. Columbus, Ohio.

(c) Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. 1989a. Addendum to Biological criteria for the protection of aquatic life: Volume II. Users manual for biological field assessment of Ohio surface waters. Div. Water Qual. Plan. & Assess., Ecological Assessment Section. Columbus, Ohio.

(d) Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. 1989b. Biological criteria for the protection of aquatic life: Volume III. Standardized biological field sampling and laboratory methods for assessing fish and macroinvertebrate communities. Div. Water Quality Plan. & Assess., Ecol. Assess. Sect. Columbus, Ohio.

(e) DeShon, J.D. 1995. Development and application of the invertebrate community index (ICI). pp. 217-243. In: W.S. Davis and T. Simon (eds.). Biological Assessment and Criteria: Tools for Risk-based Planning and Decision Making. Lewis Publishers. Boca Raton, FL. 28 pp. [PDF 1,242K]

(f) Yoder, C.O. 1995. Policy issues and management applications for biological criteria. pp. 327-344. In: W.S. Davis and T. Simon (eds.). Biological Assessment and Criteria: Tools for Water Resource Planning and Decision Making. Lewis Publishers. Boca Raton, FL. [PDF 1,076K]