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The Northeast Stream Quality Assessment

Fact Sheet 2016-3021

National Water-Quality Assessment
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https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163021

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Abstract

In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) is assessing stream quality in the northeastern United States. The goal of the Northeast Stream Quality Assessment (NESQA) is to assess the quality of streams in the region by characterizing multiple water-quality factors that are stressors to aquatic life and evaluating the relation between these stressors and biological communities. The focus of NESQA in 2016 will be on the effects of urbanization and agriculture on stream quality in all or parts of eight states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Findings will provide the public and policymakers with information about the most critical factors affecting stream quality, thus providing insights about possible approaches to protect the health of streams in the region. The NESQA study will be the fourth regional study conducted as part of NAWQA and will be of similar design and scope to the first three, in the Midwest in 2013, the Southeast in 2014, and the Pacific Northwest in 2015 (http://txpub.usgs.gov/RSQA/).

Suggested Citation

Van Metre, P.C., Riva-Murray, Karen, and Coles, J.F., 2016, The Northeast Stream Quality Assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3021, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163021.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
The Northeast Stream Quality Assessment
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2016-3021
DOI:
10.3133/fs20163021
Year Published:
2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
New York Water Science Center
Description:
2 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N