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Appendix G Draft Memorandum of Agreement Between the USGS and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, October I8, 1989 148 !

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Appendix G 1 I. Purpose MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT Between the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 149 The purpose of this agreement is to provide the terms and conditions under which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will cooperate with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The program is presently in a pilot phase, and a decision will be made in fiscal year (FY) 1990 whether to proceed to full implementation in FY 1991. II. Background Both the USGS and the FWS are involved in measuring the levels of chemical constituents in water and sediment and in evalua- ting the impacts of observed constituents on the biological health of rivers. For example, the USGS through its NAWQA Program is describing the conditions and trends in ambient water quality, whereas the FWS, through its National Contaminant Biomoni- itoring Program, is focusing on the conditions and trends of contaminant levels in fish and wildlife. The FWS also evaluates the effects of contaminants on fish and wildlife using a variety of other bioassessment methodologies through its research and operations activities. The USGS is currently completing the pilot phase of the NAWQA Program. In consultation with the National Academy of Sciences, the FWS, and other Federal and State agencies, the USGS has developed and is testing protocols for conducting ecological surveys and for collecting and analyzing plant and animal tissues for trace elements and synthetic organic compounds. Both of these biological protocols will be integral components of a fully implemented NAWQA Program. The bio-

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150 NAWQA Pilot Program logical component of NAWQA will be enhanced by incorporating the expertise of biologists from the FWS and other federal and state agencies and universities. III. Scope of Work Where it is mutually agreed upon, FWS involvement in a fully implemented NAWQA Program would include: Participation on regional and study unit teams in the planning and conduct of ecological surveys, the collection and analyses of plant and animal tissues for trace elements and synthetic organic compunds, and other activities as appropriate; Assistance in preparing regional and national syntheses of water-quality information and reports; Assistance in contracting and quality assuring analyses of tissues for concentrations of trace elements and synthetic organic contaminants; Assistance in development and testing of new biological field methods that are appropriate to the spatial and time scales of the NAWQA Program; and Participation on technical advisory committeets) that will be convened as needed to make recommendations to the USGS on: (1) emerging regional and/or national water-quality issues that should be addressed by the program, (2) issues about the design of the program that remain unresolved at the end of the pilot program and/or that evolve over time, and (3) methods development activities that should be pursued. Participants on the advisory committees will consist of representatives from universities, other federal and state agencies, and private industry appropriate to the issuers) of concern. IV. Agreements A. Both parties agree to:

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Appendix G 151 Cooperate in the joint development and preparation of annual work plans for each study unit that will outline the scope, magnitude, timing, costs, and prioritization of activities. Regional and headquarters personnel from both agencies will assemble these plans into an annual national work plan which will be the basis for renewing this agreement (see section VI) and for monitoring progress. Meet at least semiannually to review the progress of work and to discuss the scope and financing of activities in the next planning cycle. B. FWS aggrees to: Make available scientific and technical personnel, supplies, and equipment to accomplish activities designated in the study unit work plans. Collaborate with the USGS in (1) project planning, (2) collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, and (3) summarizing technical information and preparing reports. Present periodic reports of progress and accomplishments to the USGS, including: A written report including data, interpretations, and findings at the close of each activity specified in the unit work plans. - - Quarterly progress reports that indicate the status of activities directed toward meeting goals established by the study unit work plans. Provisional data specifically requested by USGS. C. USGS agrees to: Indicate the total amount of funds and full-time equivalent positions that will be provided to support FWS work detailed in the study unit work plans. This committment, will be made by July 1 to permit the FWS to plan for the allocation of resources to conduct the agreed upon activities. The committment may be subject to change depending on the actual appropriations to the USGS for NAWQA.

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152 V. Implementation NAWQA Pilot Program The approach for conducting the biological component of NAWQA will involve formation of teams of biologists in each of the USGS regions that will: (1) provide assistance and oversight to each of th study unit project teams in preparing work plans and in the collection and interpretation of biological data, and (2) monitor the status of biological activities in each of the study units through a quarterly reporting process that documents progress, accomplishments, and problems. The FWS Regions will designate at least one person to work with each of the USGS regional teams of biologists. The designated FWS individuals will participate in the preparation of work plans for each study-unit investigation and will be responsible for coordinating those elements of the plan that are FWS responsibilities. Study unit work plans and status reports will be assembled by the USGS and FWS at the regional and national levels and distributed to the authorized representatives (see section IX) for appropriate action. Authorized representatives, or their designees, will meet at least semiannually to review the progress of activities covered under this agreement. IV. Renewal This agreement may be renewed annually, if agreeable to both agencies. Renewal of the agreement shall be based on an annual national work plan assembled from the individual study unit work plans. The annual national work plan will be completed by July 1 to allow either agency time for contingency planning. VII. Termination Either party may terminate this agreement by giving written notice of termination to the other party not less than ninety (90) days in advance of the effective ending date. VIII. Publications Publications documenting cooperative efforts may be prepared by either agency, or jointly, provided that both agencies have an

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Appendix G 153 opportunity to review manuscripts prior to publication. Should differences of viewpoint occur, an effort will be made to reconcile them. However, this shall not prohibit either agency from publishing the data, provided it assumes sole responsibility and gives credit to the other agency. IX. Authorized Representatives USGS: Philip Cohen Chief Hydrologist Water Resources Division 409 National Center Reston, Virginia 22092 FWS: Ralph O. Morgenweck Assistant Director Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Room 3024, Main Interior Building Washington, D.C. 20240 X. Financial FWS will submit billings using the On-Line Payment and Collection System citing agency location code 14-08-0001. The interagency agreement number (To be provided) also must be referenced on all billings. XI. Approval Approved and Accepted for USGS: By:- Date: Approved and Accepted for FWS: Dallas L. Peck Director John F. Turner Director Date:

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