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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, 208 partnership projects have been implemented in 114 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.

Buffalo River  Cape Code  Voyageurs  Big Thicket  Olympic  2015 SELECTED PROJECTS Saquaro  Sleeping Bear  Cedar Breaks  Capitol Reef  Arches 

Differentiating natural vs. anthropogenic mercury inputs and subsequent Se/Hg interactions and biogeochemical cycling in Bighorn Lake, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana and Wyoming USGS Wyoming and Montana Water Science Centers
Assessment of Nutrient Loads and Water Quality Effects from a Large CAFO Located on a Major Tributary of Buffalo River, Arkansas USGS Arkansas Water Science Center
Water Quality, the controlling factor on the herring run, aquaculture, and blue carbon at the Herring River salt-marsh restoration, Cape Cod National Seashore USGS New England Water Science Center, Massachusetts-Rhode Island Office
Multiple Parks
Modeling the connections between hydrology, water quality, and ecosystem health to support coastal preservation efforts across the Northern Gulf Coast (Parks: BITH, BIBE) USGS National Wetlands Research Center
Multiple Parks
Determine Occurrence, Sources, and Potential for Biodegradation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Protected-River Systems of the National Park Service Southeast Region (Parks: BISO, CHAT, LIRI, OBED, WEKIVA) USGS South Carolina Water Science Center
Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Bacteria Indicators and Microbial Source Tracking Markers within Tumcacori National Historic Park and the Santa Cruz Watershed USGS Arizona Water Science Center
Understanding the Direct and Indirect Effects of Dam Removal on Water Quality and Primary and Secondary Productivity in the Elwha River USGS Western Fisheries Research Center
Investigate Mine Waste, Groundwater Quality and Flow Directions to Assess Alternative Remediation Strategies at the Old Yuma Mine, Saguaro National Park, Arizona USGS Arizona Water Science Center
Dye Trace and Hydrologic Assessment at Margaret White Spring, Buffalo River USGS Arkansas Water Science Center
Identifying hotspots for botulism toxin production at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – the role of beaches and shallow waters, MI USGS Michigan Water Science Center
Comparing Trace Metal Concentrations in Water and Pectoral Fin Rays to Assess Lake Sturgeon Populations in Voyageurs National Park, MN USGS Minnesota Water Science Center

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Date last modified: August 19, 2014