The goal of this pilot study is to investigate the study design elements and sampling techniques for wet weather sampling of receiving waters in Areas Of Special Biological Significance (ASBS). This pilot precedes an integrated, collaborative regional monitoring program being developed in southern California, Monterey Bay and on the Northern California Coast. The lessons learned as part of this pilot will be used when the regional programs are implemented in the winter of 2008-09. For a full description of the Regional programs, including objectives, approach, and specific details, please see the Project workplan. In general, the regional program identifies three monitoring questions including: 1) what is the range of natural water quality at reference locations? 2) how does the range of concentrations at ASBS compare to this range of natural water quality? 3) How do ASBS with discharges compare to ASBS without discharges? The pilot study will target eight sites. Four are located in southern California (two mainland and two island), two in Central California and two in Northern California (Table 1). These sites represent beaches that receive discharges from referenc
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