The state will take additional steps to assess the effects of pollutants and other stressors on the state’s freshwater resources.

The grant enables the state to participate in a National Ecoregion Monitoring program, a Wetlands Survey project and develop a software program to interface the data.

EPA said it will work with states and local jurisdictions to find methods to improve water quality monitoring data and analysis.

In partnership with the National Wetlands initiative and other endeavors, EPA is building state and tribal capacity to analyze conditions and promote cross-jurisdictional collaborations.

EPA also said the data and surveys are used to understand aquatic life structure and provide accurate information about the health of the state’s water.