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Municipal Guide To Clean Water: Conducting Sanitary Surveys to Improve Coastal Water Quality

survey work must be reported correctly and in a timely manner to the DMR.

Sanitary survey reports written by municipalities for areas that may impact shellfish harvesting areas should be submitted to DMR. This information may be used by DMR staff as supplementary materials; however, sanitary survey reports written by non-DMR staff do not fulfill the requirements of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) for Growing Area Sanitary Survey Reports.

The final report is intended to be a “living” document with continuous updates and improvements over time. Periodic updates are essential to make the sanitary sur- vey a useful tool and a continuous method for achieving improved water quality. Create an action plan based on the survey findings and recommendations for next steps. Com- ponents of the action plan include but are not limited to:

  • Identify specific actions to be taken.

  • Identify the people responsible for completing

the actions.

  • Identify funding sources if necessary.

  • Set a timeline for completing the actions.

  • Develop of a system for evaluating and measuring your success (e.g., database, GIS, water quality monitoring, surveys, etc.)

Why generate a final report?

A final report will help transform survey findings and recommendations into local level action. Make the report available to the public, town officials, board of selectmen, nonprofits, etc. to attract attention and generate support for addressing the issues. Give life to the final report—bring together local plumbing in- spectors, planners, watershed groups, and concerned citizens from within the shared watershed to com- municate relevant sanitary survey findings, delegate tasks, and to generate a timeline for completion.

Sanitary Survey Final Report: Suggested Format






. Scope of the Survey

A. Beach and watershed area characteristics (e.g., beaches and/or shellfish growing area of concern, watershed boundaries, population, land use, environmental factors, etc.)

    • B.

      Need for the survey (summarize water quality history, local level value, etc.)

  • IV.

    Special studies, survey work, and initial risk assessment (data analysis, circulation studies, dye testing, fluorometry work, watershed surveys, mapping projects, initial risk assessment, etc.)

  • V.

    Potential sources of bacteria

    • A.

      Land-based sources

    • B.

      Offshore sources and activities

  • VI.

    Known sources of bacteria (documented sources)

    • A.

      Land-based sources

    • B.

      Offshore sources and activities

  • VII.

    Accomplishments and strategies (e.g., work completed, remedia- tion efforts in progress, education campaigns, etc.)

  • VIII.

    Recommendations and next steps. Make recommendations based on survey findings. Prioritize the list of items to address. Outline necessary improvements and best management practices.

  • IX.

    Missing information

  • X.

    Appendices (e.g., field datasheets, compliance records, tax maps, etc.)

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