DEP Quality Assurance Program for Section
106 Funded Activities
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has
a Quality Assurance (QA) Directive (DEP 972) that distributes QA
responsibilities throughout the agency. All programs within the
agency must comply with FDEPís
QA Rule (62-160, F.A.C.) and
associated standard operating procedures (SOPs).
EPA has identified the four main QA Project Plan (QAPP)
element groups designated in EPA QA/R-5, March 2001 as essential
components of the quality system supporting activities
identified in the relevant FDEP section 106 work plans. These
elements are addressed in the above DEP documents and in
individual program unit quality plans, QA manuals, or design
documents. The QAPP element groups are: Project Management; Data
Generation and Acquisition; Assessment and Oversight; and Data
Validation and Usability.
The DEP QA Rule and Incorporated Documents apply to all
106-funded programs, and address many of the QAPP elements. Part
II of the QA Rule lists approved field procedures and required
field documentation, and incorporates SOPs for field sampling.
Part III contains lab QA requirements, and part IV includes
requirements for sample treatment, audit procedures, the process
for checking data, and data qualifier codes. Documents that are
incorporated into the QA Rule and have the full weight of the
rule include the
Data Usability Document and DEP SOPs governing
water, sediment, soil, and biological sample collection and
Each 106-funded program has its own quality plan that
describes the QA responsibilities of individuals within that
program, led by program QA Officer. The organization and
interaction of these programs/sections is described below (also
Organizational Chart), and
the program/section links address the topics discussed in QA/R-5
for that program/section and provide an overview of the process
by which the quality system for surface water and groundwater
monitoring is implemented.
Under Floridaís statutes and rules, DEP meets federal Clean
Water Act (CWA) requirements through the comprehensive
implementation of DEPís Integrated Water Resources Monitoring (IWRM)
Program. The IWRM strategy has three tiers, ranging from the
general to the specific, and programs within DEP that carry out
the associated monitoring, as follows:
- Addresses statewide and regional (within Florida) questions.
Tier II -
Addresses basin-specific and stream-specific questions.
- Addresses site-specific questions.
||Manages Florida STORET (STORage and
RETrieval) database, which captures, stores, and reports
chemical, physical, and biological water quality data
STORET QAPP Elemnents