On August 1, 2013, we launched some big changes to EIM. These changes
affect data submittal, searching, and MyEIM. Read on to find out more.
How has EIM changed?
The data submittal process has not changed! The Study form and data
submittal spreadsheet templates have been updated, but only the Results template
has significant changes. View
summary of changes for data
submittal. Changes are briefly summarized below. You can also
download the new spreadsheet templates and accompanying help documents.
Continuous monitoring data from field instruments
- Study form - We removed the user-supplied Study
Start and End Date because they often didn't match the actual data.
These dates will now be auto-calculated, based on when the result data were
- Location template - We eliminated the Location
Capped and Location Dredged fields. Also, we now only accept elevations referenced to the NAVD88 datum
since this is the state standard.
- Results template - We got rid of 15 little-used fields. We renamed some
fields to make them more intuitive. We split out some fields that had been
pigeon-holed in others. In all, we have a net loss of 11 fields.
- Water level template - We made field name changes only, to
align with Result template changes.
- Bioassay template - We made field name
changes to align with Result template changes. We also removed one Sample Method
field and added Bioassay QA Level.
- Time series result template - NEW template for
continuous time series data. See more in the following paragraph.
We have expanded the capabilities of EIM to accept continuous time series monitoring data
from field data loggers, buoys, data sondes, pressure
transducers, and other similar instruments. There is a new template by
which to upload this data, with an accompanying help document.
As part of this change, EIM now auto-calculates time series summary
values such as "Temperature, water (daily average)" and "Dissolved oxygen (daily
minimum)." As such, we are no longer accepting time series summary data
calculated outside of EIM. Summary data submitted prior to June 29, 2013 will still be available in EIM.
Search, map, and download upgrades
We now have an all-in-one tabular search page. This makes searching more
flexible and powerful. The map search has also been improved significantly.
It is more integrated with the tabular search. You can now see more information directly from the map,
something our users have been asking for.
Our Study and Location detail pages now display summary data, such as what media
were sampled and the number of samples and measurements taken. The detail pages have
clickable maps. The Location detail page also has site photos if
Ecology has specialized focus areas (monitoring programs) where we collect
data for specific monitoring objectives; usually long-term and regularly
scheduled, using a consistent protocol. These data are stored in EIM.
We have added several specialized monitoring program search pages to accompany
our existing Groundwater Monitoring and Status and Trends Habitat Monitoring
(STREAM) search pages. These include:
- Washington BEACH Program
- Puget Sound Marine Sediment Quality Program
- River and Stream Water Quality Monitoring Program
- Marine Water Quality Program
- Freshwater Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program
- Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Monitoring Program
- Pesticides in Salmon-Bearing Streams Program
See our EIM Search page for
The above changes are also reflected in MyEIM, our custom search and analysis
tool. In addition, we:
- Added fields that weren't previously available for searching,
including well information such as completion depth and completion type.
- Improved unit conversions so that any time you search on a value plus units, the search will find everything we can convert into those
- Added the ability to specify "where null" (i.e. no value) for a particular
field in your search criteria.
We have revised most of our focused help documents to reflect the changes.
Some are in draft for now, like TCLP, Fraction Analyzed, and Result Basis. These
are close to final versions but we are still tweaking them. We are also
planning updates to the Samples from Multiple Depths and Field Replicates
documents. Additionally, we are no longer providing a printable data dictionary.
Use the searchable EIM
help instead. When we revise our help system next winter we will have a way
to print it again.
What about training?
We will be hosting statewide EIM training the weeks of September 9th and
16th, per the schedule below. The training sessions will be around 4 hours each
and will cover the changes to the templates and search. We will also be
hosting simulcast webinars on the dates listed below. We tried these out
last time and participants were really happy with them. Why travel if you
don't have to?
Contact Jenna Durkee at (509) 454-7865 or Jenna <DOT> Durkee <AT> ecy <DOT> wa
<DOT> gov for more information.
September 10 - Yakima Valley Community College, 10 am to 4 pm
- September 11 - Spokane Community College, 10 am to 4 pm
September 13 - Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake, 10 am to 4 pm
- September 16, 17, 19,
& 20 - Ecology HQ, Lacey, 10 am
to 4 pm September 20th training cancelled
- September 17 & 19 - Simulcast webinars, 10 am to 4 pm