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A Primer On Water Quality DLESE Reviewed Collection
This USGS Fact sheet provides an overview of water quality considerations. Each brief section contains definitions and descriptions. The topics include how to measure water quality, why there are standards and guidelines, the effect of natural processes, the effect of human activities, pathogens found in water, and links to sites in USGS with additional information.
Intended for grade levels:
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
    • Abstract / Summary
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
This file is also available in pdf format, requiring Acrobat reader to view.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credit is requested.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-185
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Risks and benefits
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural resources
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Ms Gail E Cordy
US Geological Survey