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U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Water-Resources Investigations Report 02-4115

Water-Quality Assessment of the Great Salt Lake Basins, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming — Environmental Setting and Study Design

NATIONAL WATER-QUALITY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
By Robert L. Baskin, Kidd M. Waddell, Susan A. Thiros, Elise M. Giddings, Heidi K. Hadley, Doyle W. Stephens, and Steven J. Gerner

ABSTRACT

The Great Salt Lake Basins, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming is one of 51 study units in the United States where the status and trends of water quality, and the factors controlling water quality, are being studied by the National Water-Quality Assessment Program of the U.S. Geological Survey. The 14,500-square-mile Great Salt Lake Basins study unit encompasses three major river systems that enter Great Salt Lake: the Bear, the Weber, and the Utah Lake/Jordan River systems. The environmental setting of the study unit includes natural and human-related factors that potentially influence the physical, chemical, and/or biological quality of the surface- and ground-water resources. Surface- and ground-water components of the planned assessment activities are designed to evaluate the sources of natural and human-related factors that affect the water quality in the Great Salt Lake Basins study unit.

CONTENTS

Abstract
Introduction
Environmental Setting
Study Area
References Cited


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Send questions or comments about this report to the author, Robert L. Baskin (rbaskin@usgs.gov) 801.908.5000.

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