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US Geological Survey / National Park Service - Water Quality Partnership

Introduction and Fact Sheet

Water Quality Partnership

This element of the National Water Quality Program empowers U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists and National Park Service (NPS) resource managers to work in partnership to support a broad range of policy and management needs related to high-priority water-quality issues in national parks. The Partnership was initiated in 1998 as part of the Clean Water Action Plan, a Presidential initiative to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

Partnership projects are developed jointly by the USGS and the NPS. Studies are conducted by the USGS with NPS assistance and findings are used by the NPS to guide policy and management actions aimed at protecting and improving water quality. To date, 217 partnership projects have been implemented in 119 national park units with over 180 reports and articles published to communicate project findings.

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: July 21, 2016