Development of an Approach for Integrating Components of the U.S. Geological Survey Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) and National Stream Quantity Accounting Network (NASQAN) Programs for Large U.S. Rivers

Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5083
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Abstract

A national-scale framework for monitoring environmental contaminants in fish and effects of contaminant exposure on fish in large U.S. rivers has been proposed by the Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The framework shares many features and objectives with the USGS National Stream Quantity Accounting Network (NASQAN) Program, which monitors water quality in large U.S. river basins–those with drainage areas of 250,000 to 1,200,000 square miles at their most downstream stations. Because the two programs appear to be complementary, this study was initiated in 2001 to investigate alternative techniques for summarizing and integrating the water-quality data with the fish-contaminant and fish-health data, and to provide recommendations to the BEST program for future integrated studies.

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Bauch, N.J., Schmitt, C.J., and Crawford, C.G., 2005, Development of an approach for integrating components of the U.S. Geological Survey Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) and National Stream Quantity Accounting Network (NASQAN) programs for large U.S. rivers: U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Columbia, Mo., Scientific Investigations Report 2005—5083, 53 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20055083.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

ISSN: 2328-031X (print)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Integration of BEST and NASQAN Data
  • Results
  • Stable Isotopes
  • Discussion and Recommendations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Literature Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Development of an approach for integrating components of the U.S. Geological Survey Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) and National Stream Quantity Accounting Network (NASQAN) programs for large U.S. rivers
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2005-5083
DOI 10.3133/sir20055083
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Columbia Environmental Research Center
Description vi, 53 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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