Assessing the quality of the nation's water resources

Water Resources Impact


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This issue of IMPACT highlights findings from the first decade of studies (1991 to 2001) by the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The articles also discuss the Program’s approaches and models designed to help understand and estimate the fate and transport of contaminants in different geographic areas and environmental settings and over different time frames. NAWQA was established by Congress in 1991 with a goal of developing long-term, consistent, and comparable science-based information on nationwide water-quality conditions. This information is used to support sound management and policy decisions by decision makers at all levels – local, state, and national – who, every day, face complex regulations and management issues related to water resources.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Assessing the quality of the nation's water resources
Series title Water Resources Impact
Volume 4
Issue 4
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher American Water Resources Association
Publisher location Herndon, VA