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Water Quality Partnership

This program empowers U.S. Geological Survey scientists and National Park Service resource managers to work in a partnership setting to provide the hydrologic information and understanding needed to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

In 1998, the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initiated the NPS/USGS Water Quality Partnership Program with support from the Clean Water Action Plan (Environmental Protection Agency 1998). Prior to 1998, NPS and the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program worked together to implement a pilot water-quality monitoring program in national parks (Long et. al 1997, Long 1999). To date, 182 partnership projects have been implemented in 117 national park units. The program supports a range of science activities focused on providing Park resource managers data and information necessary to make scientifically defensible management and policy decisions. These activities range in scope from basic technical assistance to fixed station monitoring to intensive/synoptic projects.

Bryce Canyon  Black Canyon of the Gunnison  Voyageurs  Glen Canyon  Dinosaur  2014 SELECTED PROJECTS Crater Lake  Upper Delaware Scenic  Cedar Breaks  Capitol Reef  Arches 

Assessing drivers of fish mercury body burdens to inform a decision regarding water level management for Voyageurs National Park lakes USGS Minnesota Water Science Center
Biogeochemical and physical processes controlling mercury methylation and bioaccumulation in Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area USGS Montana Water Science Center
Is the mixing regime of Crater Lake likely to change in a future climate? USGS Oregon Water Science Center
Determination of existing water quality in selected tributaries to the Upper Delaware  Scenic and Recreational River USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center
Multiple Parks (up to 40 parks
Linking freshwater mercury concentrations in parks to risk factors and bio-sentinels: a national-scale research and citizen science partnership USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Oregon
Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands,  Capitol Reef, Cedar Breaks, Colorado National Monument, Curecanti,  Dinosaur, Fossil Butte, Golden Spike,  Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, Pipe Spring, Timpanogos Cave, Zion National Park
Occurrence, sources, and persistence of  endocrine disrupting chemicals in  surface-water bed sediment in the Northern Colorado Plateau Network USGS Colorado Water Science Center

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Date last modified: November 20, 2013