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National Water-Quality Assessment Program - South-Central Texas

Fact Sheet 048-94

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Abstract

In 1991, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior, began a National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The long-term goals of the NAWQA Program are to describe the status of and trends in the quality of a large, representative part of the Nation's surface- and ground-water resources and to identify the major natural and human factors that affect the quality of these resources. In addressing these goals, the program will produce a wealth of water-quality information that will be useful to policymakers and managers at national, State, and local levels.

The NAWQA Program emphasis is on regional water-quality problems. The program will not diminish the need for smaller studies and monitoring presently designed and conducted by Federal, State, and local agencies to meet their individual needs. The NAWQA Program, however, will provide a large-area framework for conducting many of these activities and an understanding about national and regional water-quality conditions that cannot be acquired from individual, local programs and studies.

Studies of 60 hydrologic systems that include parts of most major river basins and aquifer systems (study-unit investigations) are the building blocks of the national assessment. Areas of the 60 study units range in size from less than 1,000 to more than 60,000 square miles (mi2) and represent 60 to 70 percent of the Nation's water use and population served by public water supplies. Twenty study-unit investigations were started in 1991, 20 additional started in 1994, and 20 are planned to start in 1997. Assessment activities in the South-Central Texas study area (see fig.) began in 1994.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
National Water-Quality Assessment Program - South-Central Texas
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
048-94
Year Published:
1994
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
San Antonio, TX
Contributing office(s):
Texas Water Science Center
Description:
2 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Texas
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N