Can Incongruent Studies Effectively Characterize Long-Term Water Quality?

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Science-based measurements and studies are vital for the protection of freshwater resources, systems, and habitats. Scientists are trained to plan and implement projects to address environmental and public health challenges such as water quality problems. The most successful programs for public benefit require coordination between experienced scientists, resource managers, and interested citizens and include long-term goals. For the assessment and protection of resources, scientists should be assigned prominent roles, and administrators and others should utilize their strengths to avoid fragmented data collections, irregularities in measurements and follow-up, or abandonment of final objectives. The requirements for useful water quality monitoring projects are addressed in the context of the watershed management plans in the state of Indiana, with a focus on the Salt Creek watershed in Northwest Indiana, which drains into Lake Michigan.