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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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McCabe, G.J., and Wolock, D.M., 2014, Spatial and temporal patterns in conterminous United States streamflow characteristics: Geophys. Res. Lett., 41,   DOI: 10.1002/2014GL061980 Available Online

Brown, L.R., May, J.T., Rehn, A.C., Ode, P.R., Waite, I.R., and Kennen, J.G., 2012, Predicting biological condition in southern California streams: Landscape and Urban Planning, 108, p. 17-27.  DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2012.07.009 Available Online

Webb, R.M.T., Sandstrom, M.W., Krutz, L.J. and Shaner, D.L., 2011, Simulation of branched serial first-order decay of atrazine and metabolites in adapted and nonadapted soils: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 30, p. 1973-1981.  doi: 10.1002/etc.597 Available Online

Saleh, D.K., Lorenz, D.L. and Domagalski, J.L., 2011, Comparison of Two Parametric Methods to Estimate Pesticide Mass Loads in California's Central Valley: JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 47, p. 254-264.  doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00506.x Available Online

Terziotti, Silvia, Hoos, A.B., Harned, D.A., and Garcia, A.M., 2010, Mapping watershed potential to contribute phosphorus from geologic materials to receiving streams, southeastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3102, 1 p.  Available Online

Brasher, A.M.D., Konrad, C.P., May, J.T., Edmiston, C.S. and Close, R.N., 2010, Streamflow characteristics and benthic invertebrate assemblages in streams across the western United States: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010-3110, 4 p.  Available Online

Meador, M.R., 2013, Nutrient enrichment and fish nutrient tolerance: assessing biologically-relevant nutrient criteria: Journal of the American Water Resources Association 49(2), p. 253-263.  DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12015 Available Online

Meador, M.R., and Brown, L.R., 2014, Life history strategies of fish species and biodiversity in eastern USA streams: Environmental Biology of Fishes,   10.1007/s10641-014-0304-1 Available Online

Burns, D.A., Woodruff, L.G., Bradley, P.M., Cannon, W.F., 2014, Mercury in the soil of two contrasting watersheds in the eastern United States: PLoS ONE, v. 9, no. 2, e86855, 15 p.  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086855 Available Online

Knightes, C.D., Golden, H.E. Journey, C.A., Davis, G.M., Conrads, P.A., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Brigham, M.E., Bradley, P.M., 2014, Mercury and methylmercury stream concentrations in a Coastal Plain watershed--a multi-scale simulation analysis: Environmental Pollution 2014, volume 187, p. 182-192.  DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.12.026 Available Online

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