The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) established the National Water Quality Assesment (NAWQA) program in 1985 to assess water quality conditions and trends in representative river basins and aquifers across the United States. With this report, the NRC's Water Science and Technology Board has provided advice to USGS regarding NAWQA five separate times as the program evolved from an unfunded concept to a mature and nationally--recognized program in 2002. This report assesses the program's development and representative accomplishments to date and makes recommendations on opportunities to improve NAWQA as it begins its second decade of nationwide monitoring.
Table of Contents
|2 Transition from Cycle I to Cycle II: Representativeness of Study Units||42-60|
|3 NAWQA Cycle II Goals - Status||61-92|
|4 NAWQA Cycle II Goals - Trends and Statistical Support for Understanding||93-120|
|5 NAWQA Cycle II Goals - Understanding||121-161|
|6 Communicating NAWQA Data and Information to Users||162-181|
|7 Cooperation and Coordination Issues||182-202|
|8 The Future of NAWQA||203-214|
|Appendix A Extracts from Study-Unit Design Guidelines for Cycle II of the Naitonal Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA)||215-233|
|Appendix B Biographical Information||234-238|
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