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New Report Assesses USGS’s National Water Quality Assessment Program


The U.S. Geological Survey is the primary federal entity responsible for scientific understanding of the nation’s surface water and groundwater.  Its National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA), which was started in 1991, monitors and evaluates the conditions of rivers and streams across the country.  Preparing for the Third Decade (Cycle 3) of the National Water Quality Assessment Program, a new report from the National Research Council, examines NAWQA’s past accomplishments and provides recommendations to improve the program’s design and scientific scope during its third decade.



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