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The National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program has produced more than 1,500 reports (complete bibliography) describing how water quality conditions vary locally, regionally, and nationally; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time; and how natural features and human activities affect these conditions. Conditions also were compared to national water-quality standards, guidelines, and benchmarks to assess the potential effects on drinking water and aquatic life. Most of these reports can be accessed on-line through the topical and geographical searches listed below.

 

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General Interest Reports - summaries of relevant scientific information in a form designed for general and scientific audiences.

Fact Sheets - 2-6 page summaries of selected topics or report highlights


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Van Metre, P.C., Frey, J.W., Musgrove, M., Nakagaki, N., Qi, S., Mahler, B.J., Wieczorek, M.E., and Button, D.T., 2016, High Nitrate Concentrations in Some Midwest United States Streams in 2013 after the 2012 Drought: J. Environ. Qual. 0,   10.2134/jeq2015.12.0591 Available Online

Merten, G.H., Welch, H.L., and Tomer, M.D., 2016, Effects of hydrology, watershed size, and agricultural practices on sediment yields in two river basins in Iowa and Mississippi: Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 71(3), p. 267-278.  10.2489/jswc.71.3.267 Available Online

Ator, S.W. and Garcia, A.M., 2016, Application of SPARROW Modeling to Understanding Contaminant Fate and Transport from Uplands to Streams: JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 52(3), p. 685-704.  10.1111/1752-1688.12419 Available Online

McCabe, G.J., Wolock, D.M., and Austin, S.H. , 2016, Variability of runoff-based drought conditions in the conterminous United States: International Journal of Climatology,   DOI: 10.1002/joc.4756 Available Online

Wetherbee, G.A., and Mast, M.A., 2016, Annual variations in wet-deposition chemistry related to changes in climate: Climate Dynamics, p. 1-15.  DOI: 10.1007/s00382-016-3017-7 Available Online

Miller, M.P., Buto, S.G., Susong, D.D., and Rumsey, C.A., 2016, The importance of base flow in sustaining surface water flow in the Upper Colorado River Basin: Water Resources Research, 52,   doi:10.1002/2015WR017963 Available Online

Mahler, B.J., Woodside, M.D., VanMetre, P.C., 2016, Coal-tar-based pavement sealcoat--Potential concerns for human health and aquatic life: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3017, 6 p.  DOI: 10.3133/fs20163017 Available Online

Hoogestraat, G.K., and Rowe, B.L., 2016, Perchlorate and selected metals in water and soil within Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, 2011-15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5030, 29 p.  DOI: 10.3133/sir20165030 Available Online

Kalkhoff, S.J., Hubbard, L.E., Tomer, M.D., and James, D.E., 2016, Effect of variable annual precipitation and nutrient input on nitrogen and phosphorus transport from two Midwestern agricultural watersheds: Science of The Total Environment, v. 559, p. 53-62.  doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.127 Available Online

Belitz, K., Fram, M.S., Johnson, T.D., 2015, Metrics for Assessing the Quality of Groundwater Used for Public Supply, CA, USA: Equivalent-Population and Area: Environmental Science and Technology, 9 p.  doi: 0.1021/acs.est.5b00265 Available Online

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