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Upper Illinois River basin

Fact Sheet 072-98

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Abstract

During the past 25 years, industry and government made large financial investments that resulted in better water quality across the Nation; however, many water-quality concerns remain. Following a 1986 pilot project, the U.S. Geological Survey began implementation of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program in 1991. This program differs from other national water-quality assessment studies in that the NAWQA integrates monitoring of surface- and ground-water quality with the study of aquatic ecosystems. The goals of the NAWQA Program are to (1) describe current water-quality conditions for a large part of the Nation's freshwater streams and aquifers (water-bearing sediments and rocks), (2) describe how water quality is changing over time, and (3) improve our understanding of the primary natural and human factors affecting water quality.

The Upper Illinois River Basin National Water- Quality Assessment (NAWQA) study will increase the scientific understanding of surface- and ground-water quality and the factors that affect water quality in the basin. The study also will provide information needed by water-resource managers to implement effective water-quality management actions and evaluate long-term changes in water quality.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Upper Illinois River basin
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
072-98
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
4 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin