GUCO CESU: Assessing Water Quality Conditions and Reviewing Monitoring Strategies for OZAR and BUFF

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Funding Opportunity ID: 316956
Opportunity Number: NPS-NOIP19AC00267
Opportunity Title: GUCO CESU: Assessing Water Quality Conditions and Reviewing Monitoring Strategies for OZAR and BUFF
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Environment
Natural Resources
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.945
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS- This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Park Service's intention to award financial assistance for the following project activities. Members of the Gulf Coast CESU- University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture- THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS
Agency Code: DOI-NPS
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Posted Date: Jun 12, 2019
Close Date: Jun 22, 2019
Last Updated Date: Jun 12, 2019
Award Ceiling: $160,000
Award Floor: $60,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $160,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: This project aims to conduct a rigorous statistical analysis of existing water quality datasets for river, tributary, and spring sites at Buffalo National River and Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and then use insights about water quality conditions and trends to make near-term decisions about future monitoring strategies and allocation of scarce monitoring resources. This project directly engages the recipient in the assessment and stewardship of water resources at two Ozark riverine parks through collaborative water quality data analysis and review of water quality monitoring strategies. The project is expected to reveal new insights into water quality conditions, trends, and potential threats to these parks and to advance scientific knowledge of water resources in this ecologically important region. Results from this project will be shared with scientific and public audiences via oral presentations, scientific publications, and informal fact sheets or briefings. This project involves collaborative compilation, analysis, and interpretation of existing water quality datasets from Buffalo National River and Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Water quality experts from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture will be engaged to complete the proposed data analyses. Both well established and more recently developed statistical tools will be employed to address questions about water quality trends and patterns in historical water quality variability. The trend analysis and results will be evaluated by considering the number of observations, samples per year on average, and length of database to help understand the statistical power of potential monitoring designs. Results will be used to optimize water quality monitoring designs and provide new insights into water quality management issues at each park.
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