Ambient monitoring a term used by the EPA in its administration of the Clean Water Act to refer to a "Monitoring program with fixed station networks and intensive surveys and producing chemical, physical, and biological analyses. Ambient monitoring deals with conditions in the aquatic environment--streams, lakes, bays, estuaries, and oceans. By contrast, effluent (discharge) monitoring involves sampling and analysis of wastewater."[1]


  1. Watershed Academy Web Glossary, see Watershed Academy Web

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