The Long Term Resource Monitoring Program is being implemented by the Environmental Management Technical Center, an office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the five Upper Mississippi River Basin System states (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin), with guidance and overall Program responsibility provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The mission of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program is to provide decision makers with information to maintain the Upper Mississippi River System as a viable large river ecosystem given its multiple use character. The long term goals of the Program are to understand the system, determine resource trends and impacts, develop management alternatives, manage information, and develop useful products. Information on a system as large as the Upper Mississippi River System can be provided only through a properly designed and implemented comprehensive data collection and interpretation program. The Environmental Management Technical Center is responsible for all data collection, synthesis, analysis, and dissemination of information pertinent to the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program. Tabular data for water quality, vegetation, and fish populations are collected by six field stations, transmitted to the Environmental Management Technical Center, and stored in a data base management system. Spatial data, including bathymetry, land use, land cover, and transportation, are collected and stored in a geographic information system. In addition, historical depth and flow information is acquired from outside sources. This report provides direction for the management of Long Term Resource Monitoring Program data and a description of the automation tools required to support that effort.