Central Coast Water Quality Data Synthesis, Assessment and Management (SAM) Project

SAM Project Mission

The SAM Project facilitates region-wide water quality monitoring coordination, data management, and data analysis for addressing the sources, status, and trends of non-point source (NPS) pollution on the Central Coast via technical, scientific, and programmatic activities. Key goals of the project include enhancement of the regional water quality monitoring network and improving access to knowledge used for managing coastal watershed and nearshore marine systems. SAM is a partnership between the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) , the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network SIMoN , the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB ), the State Water Resources Control Board SWRCB , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Coastal Commission and the Central Coast Wetlands Group (CCWG). Primary funding for SAM is provided by the California Non-point Source Pollution Control Program and the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation RLFF . SAM Project activities are directed by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of scientists and resource managers from across the State that represent universities, research institutes, government agencies, and private firms.