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Accession Number PB2013-102074
Title Preparing for the Third Decade of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 200p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract For decades, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been the primary federal entity responsible for scientific understanding of the nations surface water and groundwater. As part of this effort, the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program assesses the historical and current waterquality conditions and future water-quality scenarios in representative river basins and aquifers across the country. The program was implemented in 1991, primarily in recognition of the importance of understanding the nations water quality and in response to the conclusion by USGS scientists that their ability to provide information about the nations water quality at that time was limited. NAWQA objectives are achieved through a design that stresses long-term, standardized collection and interpretation of physical, chemical, and biological data. Water-quality data collection and assessments in river basins and aquifers coupled with regional and national syntheses are the hallmark of the NAWQA program.
Keywords Aquifers
Environmental impact
National Water-Quality Assessment(NAWQA)
River basins
Surface water
Water quality management

Source Agency US Geological Survey
National Academy of Science National Research Council
NTIS Subject Category 48B - Natural Resource Management
68D - Water Pollution & Control
91A - Environmental Management & Planning
Corporate Author National Research Council, Washington, DC. Division on Earth and Life Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1306
Contract Number N/A

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