USGS National Water Quality Monitoring Network

Fact Sheet 2021-3019
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Abstract

What is the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Monitoring Network?

Understanding the water quality of U.S. streams and rivers requires consistent data collection and analysis over decades. The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Water Quality Network (NWQN) was established to facilitate national-scale understanding of surface-water quality conditions through the collection of comparable data in large rivers and small streams in different geographic and land-use settings. Data collected by the NWQN support the needs of Federal, State, and local stakeholders tasked with managing our Nation’s water resources.

Suggested Citation

Lee, C.J., and Riskin, M.L., 2021, USGS National Water Quality Monitoring Network: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3019, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213019.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Table of Contents

  • What is the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Monitoring Network?
  • The NWQN is designed to help answer the following questions
  • Building on Decades of Monitoring
  • The National Water Quality Network in 2021
  • NWQN Sampling, Laboratory, and Analysis Methods
  • Tracking Water Quality in U.S. Streams and Rivers
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title USGS National Water Quality Monitoring Network
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2021-3019
DOI 10.3133/fs20213019
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) New Jersey Water Science Center, WMA - Observing Systems Division
Description 2 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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