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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, 243 partnership projects have been implemented in 126 national park units with over 209 reports and articles published to communicate project findings.

Cape Cod  Acadia  Bighorn  2019 SELECTED PROJECTS Chaco  Great Smoky  Gates  Saint Croix 

Assessing harmful algal blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia in coastal marine waters at Acadia National Park and the NPS potential role in mitigation through water quality control USGS New England Water Science Center
Beavers impacting tundra ecosystems: Quantifying effects on hydrology, permafrost, water quality, and fish habitat in Alaska’s arctic national parks USGS Alaska Science Center
Synoptic survey of cyanobacterial bloom distribution, toxicity, and associated water-quality conditions in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana and Wyoming USGS Montana-Wyoming Water Science Center
Integrating multi-year, multi-source data to assess pre-restoration water quality and support adaptive management plan in the Herring River Estuary, Cape Cod National Seashore USGS New England Water Science Center
Investigation of the vulnerability of water resources at Chaco Culture National Historical Park related to threats from oil and natural gas drilling USGS New Mexico Water Science Center
Application of Hydroacoustics to Provide Continuous Real-Time Information on Metallic Contaminants in the Clark Fork during Superfund Remediation Activities at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site near Deer Lodge, Montana USGS Montana-Wyoming Water Science Center
Occurrence, Sources, and Potential for Adverse Effects of Anthropogenic Bioactive Chemicals in Surface Water in Great Smoky Mountains National Park USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center
Distribution and Occurrence of Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in the Surface and Cave Waters at Mammoth Cave National Park USGS Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center
Developing tools to determine causes and toxicity of cyanobacterial blooms in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center
Cyanotoxins in Fish: Assessing the Risk USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center

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Date last modified: September 5, 2018