The Water Quality Monitoring Program (WQMP) Regional Operation Centers (ROCs) primary responsibility is providing logistical support to fulfill the data collection requirements for the Status and Trend Monitoring Networksand the Strategic Monitoring Plan. Additionally, ROC staff may assist with the data collection needs of projects, such as algal bloom response, total maximum daily loads, basin management action plans and others as deemed appropriate by the division. The ROCs are located within DEP's district boundaries. The monitoring locations for many of these projects can be viewed in real-time on the Water Quality Monitoring Events page. When ROC staff visit a monitoring location and enter the data into an electronic survey application, it is displayed in real time. Algal bloom response visits are displayed in the same manner on the Algal Bloom Dashboard.
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