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The National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program has produced more than 1,500 reports (complete bibliography) describing how water quality conditions vary locally, regionally, and nationally; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time; and how natural features and human activities affect these conditions. Conditions also were compared to national water-quality standards, guidelines, and benchmarks to assess the potential effects on drinking water and aquatic life. Most of these reports can be accessed on-line through the topical and geographical searches listed below.

 

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General Interest Reports - summaries of relevant scientific information in a form designed for general and scientific audiences.

Fact Sheets - 2-6 page summaries of selected topics or report highlights


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Wetherbee, G.A., and Martin, RoseAnn, 2017, Updated operational protocols for the U.S. Geological Survey Precipitation Chemistry Quality Assurance Project in support of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1213, 18 p.  Available Online

Wetherbee, G.A, 2017, Precipitation collector bias and its effects on temporal trends and spatial variability in National Atmospheric Deposition Program/National Trends Network data: Environmental Pollution, in press,   Available Online

Christensen, V.G., Larson, J.H., Maki, R.P., Sandheinrich, M.B., Brigham, M.E., Kissane, Claire, and LeDuc, J.F., 2017, Lake levels and water quality in comparison to fish mercury body burdens, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, 2013-15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5175, 17 p.  Available Online

Sprague, L.A., Oelsner, G.P., and Argue, D.M., 2017, Challenges with secondary use of multi-source water-quality data in the United States: Water Research, vol. 110, p. 252-261.  Available Online

Falcone, J.A., 2016, U.S. block-level population density rasters for 1990, 2000, and 2010: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F74J0C6M,   Available Online

Falcone, J.A., 2016, U.S. national categorical mapping of building heights by block group from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7W09416,   Available Online

Falcone, J.A., 2016, County fresh-water withdrawal water use allocated to relevant land uses in the United States: 1985 to 2010: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7DJ5CR5,   Available Online

Falcone, J.A., and LaMotte, A.E., 2016, National 1-kilometer rasters of selected Census of Agriculture statistics allocated to land use for the time period 1950 to 2012: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F70R9MHS,   Available Online

Baker, N.T., 2016, Agricultural Pesticide Use Estimates for the USGS National Water Quality Network, 1992-2014: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7FF3QHP,   Available Online

Baker, N.T., 2016, Watershed Boundaries for the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Network: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7SF2TBD,   Available Online

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