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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, 217 partnership projects have been implemented in 119 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.

Chattahoochee River  Colonial Historic  Fire Island  Glen Canyon  2016 SELECTED PROJECTS Golden Gate  Saquaro National Park  Voyageurs National Park 

Bacterial Monitoring and Source Tracking, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area USGS South Atlantic Water Science Centers
Potential for Impacts of Changing Groundwater Salinity, Geochemistry, and Levels from Sea-Level Rise on Archaeological, Cultural, and Biological Resources, Jamestown Island, Colonial National Historical Park USGS Virginia Water Science Center
Emerging Contaminants and Nutrients from Septic Systems in Groundwater at Fire Island National Seashore, NY USGS New York Water Science Center
Hydrocarbon Monitoring in Response to Personal Watercraft Regulation at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area USGS Arizona Water Science Center
The Role of Nutrients in Fish Kills at Rodeo Lagoon, Golden Gate National Recreational Area, CA USGS California Water Science Center
Baseline Water Quality at Herbert Hoover National Historical Site Prior to Flood Mitigation Retention Basin Construction, IA USGS Iowa Water Science Center
Improving the Water Quality of Cub Creek: Using Real Time Continuous Data and Engaging the Next Generation, NE USGS Nebraska Water Science Center
Occurrence, Fate, Transport, and Ecological Effects of Aerially Applied herbicides in the Effort to Control Invasive Buffelgrass in the Ecologically Sensitive Desert Ecosystem of Saguaro National Park USGS Arizona Water Science Center
Using Molecular Tools to Understand and Predict Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom Toxicity in Kabetogama Lake, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota USGS Minnesota Water Science Center

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Date last modified: January 22, 2016