The STORET data management system (short for STOrage and RETrieval) is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database of environmental data relating to water quality. The database contains raw biological, chemical, and physical data on surface and ground water collected by federal, state and local agencies, Indian Tribes, volunteer groups, academics, and others. All 50 States, territories, and jurisdictions of the U.S. are represented in the system. Each sampling result in STORET is accompanied by information on where the sample was taken (latitude, longitude, state, county, Hydrologic Unit Code and a brief site identification), when the sample was gathered, the medium sampled (e.g., water, sediment, fish tissue), and the name of the organization that sponsored the monitoring. In addition, STORET contains information on why the data were gathered, sampling and analytical methods used, the laboratory used to analyze the samples, the quality control checks used, and the personnel responsible for the data. Data are contributed by a number of organizations including federal, state, and interstate agencies, universities, contractors, individuals and water laboratories. Each provider is responsible for the data it submits to STORET.
This dataset provides STORET data pertinent to Long Island, New York and the Fire Island National Seashore. Data were compiled from four counties in New York (Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk) and Monmouth County, New Jersey. Water quality, air temperature, and sediment contaminant data were collected by the State of New York and the National Park Service over a 50-year period, from January 1965 to September 2005.
Additional data and documentation are available at http://www.epa.gov/STORET. For STORET assistance, call 1-800-424-9067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Data were downloaded by Mark Benotti from USGS and converted to ArcView Personal Geodatabase form using Microsoft Access.
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