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US Geological Survey / National Park Service - Water Quality Partnership

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, 250 partnership projects have been implemented in 127 national park units with over 217 reports and articles published to communicate project findings.

Buffalo  Coronado  Golden Gate  2020 SELECTED PROJECTS American Samoa  Sequoia and Kings Canyon  Virgin Islands  Wrangell-St Elias 

Remote Sensing of Benthic Algal Blooms on the Buffalo National River USGS Water Mission Area
A Characterization of Contamination from Legacy Mining Activities Related to Water Resources at Coronado National Memorial USGS Arizona Water Science Center
Sediment Nutrient Storage and Release in Rodeo Lagoon, Golden Gate National Recreation Area - Management Implications for Harmful Algal Blooms and Die-offs of Threatened and Endangered Fish USGS California Water Science Center
Identifying Historical Trends and Current Patterns of Anthropogenic Nutrient Loading to NPSA’s Ofu Pools and Its Impacts on Coral Health USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Does a copper-nitrate synergy drive algal blooms and toxicity in Sierra Nevada lakes? USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center
Ultraviolet Light Screen Chemical Contamination of Coral Reefs in the Virgin Islands National Park USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Detecting and mitigating glacier lake outburst floods with measurements of conductivity and turbidity in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, AK USGS Alaska Science Center

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Date last modified: June 30, 2020