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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, 258 partnership projects have been implemented in 135 national park units with over 230 reports and articles published to communicate project findings.

Congaree  Curecanti  Fire Island  2021 SELECTED PROJECTS Glen Canyon  Grand Canyon  Voyageurs 

Compilation and Summary of post-1996 research findings in Congaree National Park, South Carolina USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center
Combining Water-Quality Data with Remote Sensing to Improve Detection and Monitoring of Algal Blooms in Blue Mesa Reservoir Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado USGS Colorado Water Science Center
Utilization and Method Development of Non-native Quagga Mussels (Dreissena bugensis) as a Monitoring Tool for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Affecting Water Resources and Biota in the Lake Powell Reservoir Ecosystem USGS Arizona Water Science Center
Evaluating the Water Quality at Springs along the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park USGS Arizona Water Science Center
Using water level management to reduce cyanobacterial bloom toxicity USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Centerr
Diel Variation of Cyanotoxins: Are Potent Neurotoxins a Risk Outside of Daylight Hours? USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center
Rapid Response Strategy for Potential Toxin Exposures from HABs in Coastal and Shoreline Areas of National Parks USGS New York Water Science Center

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Date last modified: December 1, 2020