Project QAPPs are designed to ensure consistent collection and application of quality data throughout the life of a project. QAPPs also are designed to allow a project to be reproduced in the future if necessary.
Projects that involve the collection, analysis, or manipulation of environmental data, or the use of “secondary data” (see below), require an approved QAPP before the start of work. A QAPP is a formal document describing in comprehensive detail the necessary quality assurance, quality control, and other technical activities that must be implemented to ensure that the results of the work performed will satisfy the project performance criteria. QAPP preparation is intended to facilitate the project planning and development process and to assure that the data used or provided (both grantee-generated and secondary data) are of known and adequate quality.
QAPP development often extends the project schedule and adds to project costs; please be sure to account for this in your budget and project timeline. Please note it usually takes several months to complete the QAPP writing and approval process. If you have any questions regarding the necessity of a QAPP for your project, please contact LCBP prior to submitting your application.
The use of secondary data to inform environmental decisions also requires a QAPP. The term “secondary data” refers to previously collected data describing environmental conditions (which may have been collected by other entities, not just the current applicant or grantee). Secondary data can include (but are not limited to): historical data, information from computer databases, computer models, research projects, and surveys. Secondary data are most often applied in modeling projects and require a QAPP because modeling results frequently serve as a surrogate for direct environmental data measurements or are used for their interpretation.
12. For multi-year projects, review the project and the QAPP with LCBP annually and revise as necessary.
Your LCBP project officer can provide further guidance, including a QAPP template and approved QAPPs for similar projects. Please do not hesitate to contact us.