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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, 223 partnership projects have been implemented in 120 national park units with over 199 reports and articles published to communicate project findings.

Rocky Mountain NP  Crater Lake  North Cascades  2017 SELECTED PROJECTS Delaware Water Gap  Upper Delaware  Mammoth Caves  Lake Mead 

Will Clarity and Dissolved Oxygen in Crater Lake Change in a Future Climate? USGS Oregon Water Science Center
Impacts of Shallow Groundwater Contamination to Goodell Creek, North Cascades National Park USGS Washington Water Science Center
Mapping Optimal Restoration Sitees for Persistence of Greenback and Colorado River Cutthroat Trout USGS Colorado Water Science Center
Establishing an Updated, Modern GIS-Based Map Product for Groundwater and Surface-Water Hazards and Spill-Response Mitigation in, and Adjacent to, Mammoth Cave National Park USGS Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center
Lake Mead, AZ, NV
Occurrence and potential risk of microplastics in Lake Mead and the Delaware River (DEWA, LAKE, LODE, UPDE) USGS Idaho Water Science Center
Effects of Imidacloprid Treatment of Hemlocks on Aquatic Ecosystems: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease? (BLUE, CARI, NERI) USGS West Virginia Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research

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