Southwest Florida Regional Ambient Monitoring Program


Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

10:00am – noon

Sarasota County Government Operations Center

1001 Sarasota Center Blvd

Sarasota, FL 34240


  1. Welcome and Introductions Natasha Dickrell
  2. Additions or deletions to the agenda Natasha Dickrell
  3. Minutes from last meeting Natasha Dickrell   
  4. Interlaboratory Results (Study 73) Dave Karlen
  5. Old Business
      1. Appointing a new co-chair/Keith Kibbey’s last RAMP meeting
      2. True Color Wavelength Determination Discussion Natasha Dickrell (Pinellas County) 

    Pinellas County Lab is undergoing standard method color certification and has requested a fixed wavelength for reporting while County consultants are discussing the need for non-standard methods for CDOM requiring a scanning spectrophotometer to report a range of wavelengths for marine samples and would like to discuss these options with the RAMP group.

    Notes from previous Study 72 : True v. Apparent Color sample comparison of 4/16/14 turbid (~ 5 NTU) data and reran out of hold time on 7/15/14 presented by K. Dixon (Mote Marine Lab).

        1. Compared the optical density of 465 nm R2 = 0.9999) to 345 nm (R2 = 0.9997) in true color analysis.
        2. Compared raw, unfiltered samples to filtered samples to compare true color methods to apparent (visual) color methods with some interesting results:
          1. Results from unfiltered (raw) color at O.D. 465 nm were comparable to the apparent color (visual) results.
          2. Color analyzed at O.D. 345 nm showed the least amount of variability between unfiltered (raw) and filtered sample comparisons for spectrophotometer analysis.
          3. Results from filtered samples between O.D. 465 nm and O.D. 345 nm were more comparable compared to the same comparison with raw (unfiltered) samples.
        3. Highly suggests that RAMP analysis support separate comparability for each analysis based on either wavelength and/or method. 
  6. New Business
      1. Suggestion to perform a split comparison of a groundwater sample at an upcoming meeting Matt Jablonski (SWFWMD)
      2. Optional - The Florida Sea Grant webinar will be broadcast in the conference room following the RAMP meeting and split sample collection.  Feel free to attend if you are interested: 

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

    Planning for Sea Level Rise:  Legal Issues Facing Florida: Three of the state’s leading experts on the legal ramifications of sea level rise and climate change in Florida will provide identify potential challenges and appropriate local government responses. Florida Sea Grant Coastal Planning Specialist Thomas Ruppert will cover potential legal and financial liabilities related to permitting and infrastructure, and will discuss the benefits of notice provisions. Nova Environmental and Land Use Law Clinic Director Richard Grosso is focusing on the use of legal tools available through Florida planning authority to avoid liabilities. Erin L. Deady of Erin Deady, P.A. will share strategies currently being planned and implemented in South Florida communities to address some of these issues. The session will end with about 20 minutes for questions and answers.  

  7. Next Meeting:
    1. Location and date
    2. Agenda Items
  8. Sample Exchange (Study 74)


SWF RAMP Mission

To foster cooperative participation of regional monitoring program staffs to improve comparability of surface water sample collection, in situ field measurements, and laboratory methods used by surface water quality monitoring programs in southwest Florida marine and freshwater systems.

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