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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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VanMetre, P.C., Morace, J.L., and Sheibley, Rich, 2015, The Pacific northwest stream quality assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015-3020, 2 p.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153020 Available Online

Kienzler, Aude, Mahler, B.J., Van Metre, P.C., Schweigert, Nathalie, Devauz, Alain, and Bony, Sylvie, 2014, Exposure to runoff from coal-tar-sealed pavement induces genotoxicity and impairment of DNA repair capacity in the RTL-W1 fish liver cell line: Science of the Total Environment, 520 (2015) , p. 73-80.  doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.005 Available Online

Gray, J.E., Van Metre, P.C., Pribil, M.J., and Horowitz, A.J., 2015, Tracing historical trends of Hg in the Mississippi River using Hg concentrations and Hg isotopic compositions in a lake sediment core, Lake Whittington, Mississippi, USA: Chemical Geology, 395, p. 80-87.  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.12.005 Available Online

Thapalia, A., Borrok, D., Van Metre, P., and Wilson, J., 2015, Zinc isotopic signatures in lake sediment cores from across the United States: Environmental Science and Technology, 49, p. 132-140.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/es5036893 Available Online

DeSimone, L.A., McMahon, P.B., and Rosen, M.R., 2014, The quality of our Nation's waters-Water quality in Principal Aquifers of the United States, 1991-2010: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1360, 151 p.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1360 Available Online

Rupert, M.G., Hunt, C.D., Jr., Skinner, K.D., Frans, L.M., and Mahler, B.J., 2014, The quality of our Nation's waters-Groundwater quality in the Columbia Plateau and Snake River Plain basin-fill and basaltic-rock aquifers and the Hawaiian volcanic-rock aquifers, Washington, Idaho, and Hawaii, 1993-2005: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1359, 88 p.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1359 Available Online

Thiros, S.A., Paul, A.P., Bexfield, L.M., and Anning, D.W., 2014, The quality of our Nation's waters-Water quality in basin-fill aquifers of the southwestern United States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, 1993-2009: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1358, 113 p.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1358 Available Online

Bauch, N.J., Musgrove, MaryLynn, Mahler, B.J., and Paschke, S.S., 2014, The quality of our Nation's waters-Water quality in the Denver Basin aquifer system, Colorado, 2003-05: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1357, 100 p.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1357 Available Online

Kingsbury, J.A., Barlow, J.R.B., Katz, B.G., Welch, H.L., Tollett, R.W., and Fahlquist, L.S., 2014, The quality of our Nation's waters-Water quality in the Mississippi embayment-Texas coastal uplands aquifer system and Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer, south-central United States, 1994-2008: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1356, 72 p.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1356 Available Online

Berndt, M.P., Katz, B.G., Kingsbury, J.A., and Crandall, C.A., 2014, The quality of our Nation's waters-Water quality in the Upper Floridan aquifer and overlying surficial aquifers, southeastern United States, 1993-2010: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1355, 72 p.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1355 Available Online

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