US Geological Survey / National Park Service - Water Quality Partnership
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, 222 partnership projects have been implemented in 120 national park units with over 190 reports and articles published to communicate project findings.