Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 5.djvu/658

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106 STAT. 4296 PUBLIC LAW 102-567—OCT. 29, 1992 " (A) designing statistically valid coastal water quality monitoring networks and monitoring surveys, including assessment of the accumulation of floatables. "(B) sampling and analysis, including appropriate physical and chemical parameters, living resource parameters, and sediment analysis techniques; and (C) quality control, quality assessment, and data consistency and management. "(3) PERIODIC REVIEW. — The Administrator and the Under Secretary shall periodically review the guidelines and protocols issued under this subsection to evaluate their effectiveness, the degree to which they continue to answer program objectives \: and provide an appropriate degree of uniformity while taking local conditions into account, and any need to modify or supplement them with new guidelines and protocols, as needed. "(4) DISCHARGE PERMIT DATA.— The Administrator or a State permitting authority shall ensure that compliance monitoring conducted pursuant to section 402(a)(2) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1342(a)(2)) for permits for discharges to coastal waters is consistent with the guidelines issued under this subsection. Any modifications of discharge permits necessary to implement this subsection shall be deemed to be minor modifications of such permit. Nothing in this subsection requires dischargers to conduct monitoring other than compliance monitoring pursuant to permits under section 402(a)(2) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1342(a)(2)). "(d) INTENSIVE COASTAL WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAMS. — "(1) IN GENERAL.—The Comprehensive Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Program established pursuant to this section shall include intensive coastal water quality monitoring programs developed under this subsection. "(2) DESIGNATION OF INTENSIVE MONITORING AREAS. —Not later than 24 months after the date of enactment of this title and periodically thereafter, the Administrator and the Under Secretary shall, based on recommendations by the National Research Council, jointly designate coastal areas to be intensively monitored. "(3) IDENTIFICATION OF SUITABLE COASTAL AREAS. —(A) The Administrator and the Under Secretary shall contract with the National Research Council to conduct a study to identify coastal areas suitable for the establishment of intensive coastal monitoring programs. In identifying these coastal areas, the National Research Council shall consider areas that— "(i) are representatives of coastal ecosystems throughout the United States; "(ii) will provide information to assess the status and trends of coastal water quality nation-wide; and "(iii) would benefit from intensive water quality monitoring because of local management needs. "(B) In making recommendations under this paragraph, the National Research Council shall consult with Regional Research Boards established pursuant to title IV of this Act. Reports. "(C) The National Research Council shall, within 18 months of the date of enactment of this title, submit a report to the