National Park Service Title

US Geological Survey / National Park Service - Water Quality Partnership


Rocky Mountain National Park

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  Partnership Projects in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1999 - Effect of Changing Atmospheric Deposition on the Chemistry of Lakes in National Parks in the Intermountain Region (multi-park project)

  • 2002 - Occurrence of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Current-Use Pesticides in Seasonal Snowpacks, Lake Water and Lake Sediment (multi-park project)

  • 2006 - Historical trends of Mercury and Trace Metal Deposition to High-Elevation Lakes

  • 2007 - Assessment of Nitrogen Saturationand Episodic Acidification Status

  • 2008 - Effects of Nitrogen Limitation and Biological Characteristics of High-Elevation Lakes

  • 2011 - Effects of Mountain Pine Beetle Induced Tree Mortality on Water Quality

  • 2012 - Occurrence, Sources, and Potential for Biodegradation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 2017 - Mapping Optimal Restoration Sites for Persistence of Greenback and Colorado River Cutthroat Trout


Arnett, H.A., Saros, J.E., and Mast, M.A. (2012) A caveat regarding diatom-inferred nitrogen concentrations in oligotrophic lakes: Journal of Paloelimnology, v. 47, no. 2, p. 277-291.

Bradley, P.M., Battaglin, W.A., Iwanowicz, L.R., Clark, J.M.and Journey, C.A., 2016, Aerobic biodegradation potential of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in surface-water sediment at Rocky Mountain National Park,USA. Environ Toxicol Chem, 35: 1087–1096. doi:10.1002/etc.3266

Clow, D.W., Rhoades, C., Briggs, J., Caldwell, M., Lewis, W.M.J. (2011) Responses of soil and water chemistry to mountain pine beetle induced tree mortality in Grand County, Colorado. Appl Geochem. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.096.

Clow, D.W., Sickman, J.O., Striegl, R.G., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Elliott, J.G., Dornblaser, M., Roth, D.A. and Campbell, D.H., 2003, Changes in the chemistry of lakes and precipitation in high-elevation national parks in the western United States, 1985-1999. Water Resources Research, 39(6), 1171, doi: 10.1019/2002WR001533.

Clow, D.W., Striegl, R.G., Nanus, L., Mast, M.A., Campbell, D.H. and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2002, Current status of high-elevation lake chemistry in seven national parks in the western United States. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution: Focus 2(2) 139-164. U.S. Geological Survey.

Mast, M.A., Foreman, W.T. and Skaates, S.V. 2006, Organochlorine compounds and current-use pesticides in snow and lake sediment in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Glacier National Park in Montana, 2002-2003. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5119.

Mast, M.A., Foreman, W.T., and Skaates, S.V., 2007, Current-use pesticides and organochlorine compounds in precipitation and lake sediment from two high-elevation National Parks in the Western United States: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology v. 52, p. 294–305.

Mast, M.A., Manthorne, D.J. and Roth, D.A., 2010, Historical deposition of mercury and selected trace elements to high-elevation National Parks in the Western U.S. inferred from lake-sediment cores: Atmospheric Environment, v. 33, p. 2577-2586.

Rhoades, C.C., McCutchan, J.H., Cooper, L.A., Clow, D.W., Detmer, T.M., Briggs, J.S. Stednick, J.D. Veblen, T.T., Ertz, R.M., Likens, G.E., Lewis, W.M., 2012, Biogeochemistry of beetle-killed forests: Explaining a weak nitrate response. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 110(5), 1756-1760, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1221029110.

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