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Fact Sheet 2013–3038

The National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program Planned Monitoring and Modeling Activities for Texas, 2013–23

By Patricia Ging

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The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program was established by Congress in 1992 to answer the following question: What is the status of the Nation’s water quality and is it getting better or worse?

Since 1992, NAWQA has been a primary source of nationally consistent data and information on the quality of the Nation’s streams and groundwater. Data and information obtained from objective and nationally consistent water-quality monitoring and modeling activities provide answers to where, when, and why the Nation’s water quality is degraded and what can be done to improve and protect it for human and ecosystem needs. For NAWQA’s third decade (2013–23), a new strategic Science Plan has been developed that describes a strategy for building upon and enhancing the USGS’s ongoing assessment of the Nation’s freshwater quality and aquatic ecosystems.

First posted July 16, 2013

For additional information contact:
Director, Texas Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
1505 Ferguson Lane
Austin, Texas 78754

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Ging, Patricia, 2013, The National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program planned monitoring and modeling activities for Texas, 2013–23: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3038, 2 p.,


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