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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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Bradley, P.M., Journey, C.A., Button, D.T., Carlisle, D.M., Clark, J.M., Mahler, B.J., Nakagaki, N., Qi, S.L., Waite, I.R., and Van Metre, P.C., 2016, Metformin and other pharmaceuticals widespread in wadeable streams of the southeastern United States: Environ. Sci. and Technol. Letters, v. 3, p. 243-249.  Available Online

Loftin, K.A., Clark, J.M., Journey, C.A., Kolpin, D.W., Van Metre, P.C., Carlisle, D.M., Bradley, P.M., 2016, Spatial and Temporal Variation in Microcystins Occurrence in Wadeable Streams in the Southeastern United States: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, vol. 35 (9), p. 2281-2287.  Available Online

Shoda, M.E., Stone, W.W., and Nowell, L.H., 2016, Prediction of pesticide toxicity in Midwest Streams: Journal of Environ. Qual., in press,   doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.12.0624

Gellis, A.C., Fuller, C.C., and Van Metre, P.C., 2016, Sources and ages of fine-grained sediment to streams using fallout radionuclides in the Midwestern United States: Journal of Environmental Management: in press,   10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.06.018 Available Online

Wetherbee, G.A., 2016, Evaluation of National Atmospheric Deposition Program measurements for colocated sites CO89 and CO98 at Rocky Mountain National Park, water years 2010-14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5051, 32 p.  10.3133/sir20165051 Available Online

Bradley P.M., Burns D.A., Harvey J.W., Journey C.A., Brigham M.E., et al., 2016, Hydraulic and Biochemical Gradients Limit Wetland Mercury Supply to an Adirondack Stream: SOJ Aquatic Res 1(1), p. 1-9.  Available Online

Essaid, H.I., McCarthy, K.A., and Baker, N.T., 2016, Contrasting Nitrogen Fate in Watersheds Using Agricultural and Water Quality Information: Journal of Environmental Quality,   doi: 10.2134/jeq2016.02.0071 Available Online

Nilles, M.A., Penoyer, P.E., Ludtke, A.S., and Ellsworth, A.C., 2016, The Water-Quality Partnership for national parks-U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service, 1998-2016: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3041, 6 p.  doi:10.3133/fs20163041 Available Online

Belitz, Kenneth, Jurgens, B.C., Johnson, T.D., 2016, Potential corrosivity of untreated groundwater in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5092, 16 p.  10.3133/sir20165092 Available Online

Wetherbee, G.A., and Martin, RoseAnn, 2016, External quality assurance project report for the National Atmospheric Deposition Program's National Trends Network and Mercury Deposition Network, 2013-14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5069, 22 p.  DOI: 10.3133/sir20165069 Available Online

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