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Submitting Data to EPA: Historical Resources

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Previous versions of the files for 2019

Previous versions of the files for 2017

Previous versions of the files for 2012

  • Water Quality Exchange XML Training Manual for BEACH Monitoring Data (PDF) (30 pp, 1 MB)  Changes from the previous version: Text Clarifications made for Activity Groups, Project, Monitoring Location, Result Description Sections, Changed ORG_ID to WQXTEST, Clarified Reusable Data Block definition, Updated Insert-Update and Delete XML files to reflect WQXTEST ORG_ID and updated related screen shots. Beaches/WQX Crosswalk (excel)(1 pg, 54 K) Minor changes from the previous version shown in blue shaded cells and in footnotes in blue shading.  For states not using the Monitoring Data Access Database (c, above), item "e", second link, explains how to configure a local state database to produce WQX compliant XML submission files.

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Previous versions of the files for 2010

  • Submission Method Selection Instructions December 2010 (PDF) (21 pp, 2 MB) Changes from the previous version the WQX/STORET office has added screen shots and how to use WQX Web. This document contains general instructions on how to select either a State Node, Node Client, WQX Web, or EPA Central Data Exchange (CDX) as the starting point for submitting Beach monitoring and notification data. If you do not have a Beach Program Organization ID from EPA, prior to submitting data, contact Bill Kramer (; 202-566-0385
  • eBEACHES 2009 Location Data SOP (PDF) (5 pp, 100 K, (Changes from previous version: updated for use for 2010 season, and links to Goggle Earth and Review Tool).  Describes the steps to assign, change, or retire Beach IDs, what beach locational data to submit, and in what form. A Beach ID (with location) is necessary before you can submit monitoring or notification data. You can use the following materials to convert latitude and longitude point data to index beach shape files to maps to support environmental and public health analyses.
  • Reach Indexing Tool (RIT) Part of the NHD Toolkit, the National Hydrography Dataset Reach Indexing Tool (NHD-RIT) is an interactive GIS application that allows users to georeference surface water data using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). The process of identifying and assigning attributes to portions of the NHD is referred to as Reach Indexing.
  • Beach-related national geospatial downloads and fact sheet available for the BEACH Act program. The geospatial data represents Beach Act beaches for the 2009 swim season.  This data is available in GIS-compatible shapefile and geodatabase formats and in KMZ Google Earth files.
  • eBeaches Locational Data Review Tool (PDF) (9 pp, 3 MB)

Previous versions of the files for Past Years

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