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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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Mahler, B.J., Woodside, M.D., VanMetre, P.C., 2016, Coal-tar-based pavement sealcoat--Potential concerns for human health and aquatic life: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3017, 6 p.  DOI: 10.3133/fs20163017 Available Online

Hoogestraat, G.K., and Rowe, B.L., 2016, Perchlorate and selected metals in water and soil within Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, 2011-15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5030, 29 p.  DOI: 10.3133/sir20165030 Available Online

Kalkhoff, S.J., Hubbard, L.E., Tomer, M.D., and James, D.E., 2016, Effect of variable annual precipitation and nutrient input on nitrogen and phosphorus transport from two Midwestern agricultural watersheds: Science of The Total Environment, v. 559, p. 53-62.  doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.127 Available Online

Belitz, K., Fram, M.S., Johnson, T.D., 2015, Metrics for Assessing the Quality of Groundwater Used for Public Supply, CA, USA: Equivalent-Population and Area: Environmental Science and Technology, 9 p.  doi: 0.1021/acs.est.5b00265 Available Online

Miller, M.P., Tesoriero, A.J., Capel, P.D., Pellerin, B.A., Hyer, K.E., and Burns, D.A., 2016, Quantifying watershed-scale groundwater loading and in-stream fate of nitrate using high-frequency water quality data: Water Resources Research, 52,   doi:10.1002/2015WR017753 Available Online

Stets, E.G., Kelly, V.J., and Crawford, C.G., 2015, Regional and Temporal Differences in Nitrate Trends Discerned from Long-Term Water Quality Monitoring Data: JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 51(5), p. 1394-1407.  doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12321 Available Online

Kelly, V., Stets, E.G., Crawford, C., 2015, Long-term changes in nitrate conditions over the 20th century in two Midwestern Corn Belt streams: Journal of Hydrology, 525(0), p. 559-571.  doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.03.062 Available Online

Tesoriero, A.J., Terziotti, S., and Abrams, D.E., 2015, Predicting redox conditions in groundwater at a regional scale: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 49, p. 9657-9664.  doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01869 Available Online

Faunt, Claudia C., and Sneed, M., 2015, Water Availability and Subsidence in California's Central Valley: San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 13(3),   Available Online

Eng, K., Wolock, D.M., and Dettinger, M.D., 2015, Sensitivity of intermittent streams to climate variations in the USA: River Research and Applications,   DOI: 10.1002/rra.2939 Available Online

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