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Urban Water-Quality Issues Addressed through Multiple Studies

Cherry Creek, Denver, CO

A major emphasis of the NAWQA program is to understand relations between urban land use and water quality. Specifically, the goal is to describe biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of urban water resources over time, and relate those characteristics to natural processes and human activities that control the movement and quality of water within and among urban watersheds. The intended outcome is an improved scientific basis for decision makers to protect urban waters in varying geographic and environmental settings across the Nation, and to manage and prioritize competing demands, such as for safe drinking water, aquatic ecosystem health, native and endangered species preservation, and recreation in urban areas. NAWQA does not address urban issues with one network. The program uses a collection of networks and studies that are each designed with specific questions, that together help to accomplish the overall goal.


NAWQA Programs with an urban focus:

National Topical Studies

All USGS NAWQA Publications Dealing with Urban Areas:
Urban NAWQA Publications List

Data for various studies is found at:
The NAWQA data warehouse


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