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Coordination with agencies and organizations in the Sacramento River Basin was integral to the success of this water-quality assessment. We thank those who served as members of our liaison committee.

Federal Agencies
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Bureau of Reclamation
National Marine Fisheries Service

State Agencies
California Regional Water Quality Control Board
California Department of Water Resources
California Department of Fish and Game
California Division of Mines and Geology
California State Water Resources Control Board

University of California, Davis


We thank the following individuals for contributing to this effort.

We are grateful to the Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP) and the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD). The SRWP was initiated in 1995, just as the NAWQA Program initiated most of the water-quality sample collection activities in the basin. The SRWP has the following mission statement: “To ensure that current and potential uses of the watershed’s resources are sustained, restored, and where possible, enhanced, while promoting the long-term social and economic vitality of the region.” The current SRWP membership includes a diverse group of stakeholders interested in water quality of the Sacramento River Basin. The infrastructure of the SRWP provides a unique means of achieving the NAWQA goals of coordination. The SRCSD anticipated the need for a more comprehensive approach to water-quality management of the Sacramento River Basin. As a result, the SRCSD was instrumental in developing the Sacramento River Toxic Pollutant Control Program and was a partner with the Sacramento River Basin NAWQA Program in a detailed study of trace metals in the Sacramento River system. Other agencies contributing to or helping to facilitate funding for that study include the California State Water Resources Control Board, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1215

Suggested citation:

Domagalski, J.L., Knifong, D.L., Dileanis, P.D., Brown, L.R., May, J.T., Connor, Valerie, and Alpers, C.N., 2000, Water Quality in the Sacramento River Basin, California,1994–98: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1215, 36 p., on-line at

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