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System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP)

The System-wide Monitoring Program tracks short-term variability and long-term changes in estuarine waters to understand how human activities and natural events can change ecosystems. It provides valuable long-term data on water quality and weather at frequent time intervals. The program is designed to enhance the value and vision of the reserves as a system of national reference sites. The program currently has three main components:

1. Abiotic Variables: The monitoring program currently measures pH, conductivity, salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, water level and atmospheric conditions. In addition, the program collects monthly nutrient and chlorophyll a samples and monthly diel samples at one SWMP data logger station.

2. Biotic Variables: The reserve system has successfully incorporated submerged aquatic vegetation/emergent vegetation monitoring  within 18 reserves. Other aspects that could be incorporated include monitoring biodiversity of nekton and plankton communities.

3. Landuse, Habitat Mapping and Change:  The main objective of this element will be to map watershed and land habitat types to track human influences upon the Reserve and its associated watershed.



♦NERRS SWPM webpage


♦Centralized Data Management Office (CDMO): archived and real-time water, weather, and nutrient data for all reserves

    ♦Data for Weeks Bay

    ♦Current Weeks Bay Water Data

    ♦Current Weeks Bay Weather Data


♦Tide Data for Weeks Bay

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