Quality Assurance

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund has an EPA approved Quality Management Plan (QMP) for operations, data collection, and grant making. As part of this QMP, certain projects funded through the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction grant program and the Small Watershed Grant program require that grant agreements contain Quality Assurance Statements (QAS) or language requiring project partners complete a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) before grant activities, particularly data collection, are undertaken.

NFWF uses a Project Evaluation Form to determine if a project requires a QAS in the grant agreement or if a project will need a QAPP. Projects that will undertake a minimal level of environmental engineering, secondary data use, or GIS activities may simply require that Quality Assurance Standard Terms and Conditions be inserted into the grant agreement. Grantees agree to these terms upon signing of the grant contract.

Other projects that are undertaking more extensive data collection require that a QAPP be completed before major grant activities or data collection begin. These projects will have the following Standard Term and Condition entered in their grant agreement:

Quality Assurance Project Plan

The Grantee shall complete a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements as detailed in “EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project Plans: EPA QA/5 (http://www.epa.gov/quality/). The QAPP shall be completed and approved by NFWF prior to any data collection activities.

NFWF has contracted with Cardno to provide expert guidance to grantees, free of charge, to help them develop their QAPP and answer specific questions. Please refer to NFWF’s QAPP Development Guide or contact Elizabeth Nellums, Manager of Chesapeake Programs for additional assistance.

Once the QAPP is completed and submitted, it is reviewed by Elizabeth Nellums and Cardno and if approved, signed and retained in the project file.

For more information about Quality Assurance, please contact:

Elizabeth Nellums
Manager, Chesapeake Programs
(202) 595-2442