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 Sitees 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. (2015), In Press, Aerobic biodegradation potential of endocrine disrupting chemicals in surface-water sediments of Rocky Mountains National Park, USA: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, (IP-067297)

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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