TR-486 Carters Creek Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Project Intensive Water Quality Monitoring Report: Task 7

Authors: L. Gregory, J. Murray, C. Schulz

Developing a clearer understanding of the spatial and temporal variability in E. coli concentrations monitored throughout the watershed and establishing a clear baseline of current E. coli loads at a sub-watershed scale were the goals for monitoring conducted through the project. Initially, these goals were to be achieved through routine monitoring (scheduled on a routine frequency) conducted at 13 locations across the watershed. This monitoring was carried monthly for two years and was completed in February 2015. While this approach provides valuable information, it did not provide the level of spatial detail needed to identify critical areas in the watershed where E. coli loading is more problematic than others.