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Information About STORET

 

STORET is a database administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). STORET is an acronym derived from STOrage and RETreival. It is a data repository used to store water quality data for the nation. Scientists across the nation have been storing their water quality data in STORET for over 30 years. In late 1999 EPA deployed a new STORET database, herein referred to as Modernized STORET. The historical database (pre Modernized STORET) is referred to as Legacy STORET.


STORET is a primary data source used to create the National Water Quality Inventory Report to Congress (305(b) report), which evaluates the status of water quality in the nation every two years. Data from STORET along with other sources are used to determine which of the state's waters fail to meet water quality standards and require the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). For more information on TMDLs, please visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/tmdl. STORET is also used in watershed analysis, monitoring program evaluation and planning, water quality standards evaluation, public information requests, and evaluation of water quality conditions for habitat and fishery restoration.


Many organizations contribute information to STORET, including federal, state, and local agencies, academic institutions, and private laboratories. In addition, many volunteer organizations have elected to use STORET to manage and store their data. Florida's Water Resource Implementation Rule (Chapter 62-40.540(3), F.A.C.) requires government agencies to place appropriate water quality monitoring data in STORET within one year of collection. Another Florida administrative code, Chapter 62-303 also called the Impaired Waters Rule (IWR), states that organizations wanting data to be considered in the Department's annual evaluation of waters for impairment should place their data in STORET (Section 62-303.320(2), IWR).


To assist in implementing STORET in Florida, the Florida STORET Team offers STORET software, training and other forms of assistance to data collection agencies. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Florida STORET or this web application, please visit our contact page http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/storet/index.htm.


 

 

Last updated: 4/8/2016


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