The Cook Inlet Basin in Alaska is one of 59 study units selected for study for water-quality assessment as part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment program. The Cook Inlet Basin study unit encompasses the fresh surface and ground waters in the 39,325 square-mile area that drains to Cook Inlet, but does not include the marine waters of Cook Inlet. This report describes the natural factors (climate, physiography, geology, soils, land cover) and the human factors (population, land use, water use) that affect water quality, which is the first step in designing and conducting a multidisciplinary regional water-quality assessment. The surface- and ground-water hydrology, and the aquatic ecosystems of the Cook Inlet Basin are described. The report provides an overview of existing water-quality conditions and summarizes the results of selected water-quality studies of the basin.
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USGS Numbered Series
Water-quality assessment of the Cook Inlet basin, Alaska : environmental setting
Water-Resources Investigations Report
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