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Water-quality assessment of part of the upper Mississippi River basin, Minnesota and Wisconsin - Review of selected literature

Water-Resources Investigations Report 96-4149

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey began full-scale implementation of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program in 1991. The purposes of NAWQA are to describe the status and trends in the quality of the Nation's water resources and aquatic ecosystems, and to determine factors affecting water quality at local, regional, and national scales. The Upper Mississippi River (UMIS) NAWQA study unit, which includes all of the surface drainage to the Mississippi River Basin upstream from Lake Pepin, encompasses 47,000 mi2. The study characterizes the geographic and seasonal distribution of water quality and aquatic biota in relation to anthropogenic activities and natural features. The initial phase of the UMIS study, during 1994-99, is focused on an area in Minnesota and Wisconsin that includes the seven-county Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) metropolitan area. This report summarizes selected sources of information that are being used to aid in understanding water-quality issues and processes that form the basis of the sampling design for the study. This literature review includes sources of information about surface- and ground-water hydrology, water quality, and aquatic biology and ecology.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Water-quality assessment of part of the upper Mississippi River basin, Minnesota and Wisconsin - Review of selected literature
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
96-4149
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Mounds View, MN
Contributing office(s):
Minnesota Water Science Center
Description:
vi, 21 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Minnesota, Wisconsin
Other Geospatial:
Upper Mississippi River Basin
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N