U.S. National Research Council Calls for Enhanced Nationwide Water Quality Monitoring

In December, the U.S. National Research Council released the print version of Preparing for the Third Decade (Cycle 3) of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program — a report calling for improved water quality monitoring nationwide. The report is a review of past NAWQA accomplishments and includes recommendations for the future, Cycle 3 (2013–2023). Bill Wilber, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey’s NAWQA program, has voiced support for these recommendations. The report calls for continued monitoring of chemical, biological, and physical water quality indicators, as well as modeling of future conditions, including the effects of climate change and land use. It also emphasizes cross-collaboration with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector. According to the report, “NAWQA’s unique niche is that it is a national program, taking on work that other entities cannot do alone because of, for example, jurisdictional boundaries or available resources.” Water quality data generated by NAWQA offer a vantage point to determine policy and program effectiveness and to strategize about future solutions. Read more.

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One Response to “U.S. National Research Council Calls for Enhanced Nationwide Water Quality Monitoring”

  1. Mahassen M. El-Deeb Ghazy
    January 25, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Continuous monitoring of surface water physically, chemically and biologically is an important restrict of water contamination coming from different domestic, agricultural and industrial discharges.

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