Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance/Quality Control Requirements for Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Grantees 

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.

Technical Assistance Support for QAPP Development

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 Stephanie Heidbreder, Chesapeake Programs Manager, for additional assistance.

QAPP Review and Approvals​

Once the QAPP is completed and submitted, it is reviewed by the Manager of Chesapeake Programs and Cardno and if approved, signed and retained in the project file.