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Monitoring and Assessing Our Nation's Water Quality DLESE Reviewed Collection
This is a fact sheet on the water quality programs directly administered by the USGS. USGS provides information on issues such as the suitability of water for public supply and irrigation, aquatic ecosystem health, effects of agriculture and urbanization on water resources, acid rain, and disposal of radioactive waste. There are hot links to several studies and to data available from USGS and other agencies.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Agricultural science
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geochemistry
  • Hydrology
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
USGS-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-178
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Ms Gail E. Mallard

Author: Ms Pixie A. Hamilton