This is a timely paper given that environmental protection is actively being weakened in the United States. One casualty of less stringent protection is water monitoring. The advocates for free enterprise that want to see less regulation would sooner not be inconvenienced by data that could quantify the harm done by development projects. There is a dual benefit for cutting monitoring – reduced costs and no incriminating data. An alternative perspective is recommended in the conclusion of this paper: increased transparency, legally binding standardized monitoring, and commitments and justification related to frequency of monitoring.