National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program - South Platte River Basin
How does NAWQA answer these questions?
|Study design and methods are nationally consistent||. . . .so that. . . .||water-quality conditions can be compared on a regional and national basis.|
|Studies are long-term and cyclical||. . . .so that. . . .||trends in water quality can be analyzed to determine whether conditions are getting better or worse.|
|Studies relate human activities (contaminant sources, land and chemical use) and natural factors (soils, geology, hydrology, climate) to water quality, aquatic life, and stream habitat||. . . .so that. . . .||findings help with decisions about managing water resources and protecting drinking water and aquatic ecosystems.|
|USGS scientists interact with government officials, resource managers, industry representatives, and other interested parties||. . . .so that. . . .||findings are relevant to decision makers.|
|USGS scientists cover a range of disciplines, including hydrology, geology, geophysics, biology, geography, and statistics||. . . .so that. . . .||the interdependent nature of river basins and aquifer systems can be analyzed.|
|USGS is committed to making its unbiased scientific information available to everyone||. . . .so that. . . .||findings are presented in multiple formats, including raw data, reports, journal articles, pamphlets, and videos. Most of these products are free.|