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Southern Florida National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Benjamin F. McPherson (retired)
Publication_Date: Unknown
Title:
Southern Florida National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Maps and Data
Online_Linkage: https://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/index.php?project_url=nawqa
Description:
Abstract:
NAWQA is designed to assess historical, current, and future water-quality conditions in representative river basins and aquifers nationwide. One of the primary objectives of the program is to describe relations between natural factors, human activities, and water-quality conditions and to define those factors that most affect water quality in different parts of the Nation. The linkage of water quality to environmental processes is of fundamental importance to water-resource managers, planners, and policy makers. It provides a strong and unbiased basis for better decisionmaking by those responsible for making decisions that affect our water resources, including the United States Congress, Federal, State, and local agencies, environmental groups, and industry. Information from the NAWQA Program also will be useful for guiding research, monitoring, and regulatory activities in cost effective ways. Since 1991, USGS scientists with the NAWQA program have been collecting and analyzing data and information in more than 50 major river basins and aquifers across the Nation. Together, these areas account for 60 to 70 percent of the Nation's water use and population served by public water supplies and cover about one-half of the land area of the Nation. Investigations of these areas, referred to as study units, are the principal building blocks of the NAWQA Program. Four surveys of shallow ground water were carried out in the Southern Florida NAWQA study area from October 1996 through January 1999: a citrus agriculture land-use survey of the surficial aquifer system in Collier and Hendry Counties; a Biscayne aquifer study-unit survey of public-supply wells; a recent residential and light commercial urban land-use survey in Broward County; and a ground-water and surface-water survey of a mixed-agriculture land-use area in southern Dade County.
Purpose:
The goal of this project is to develop long-term consisten and comparable information on streams, ground water, and aquatic ecosystems to support sound management and policy decisions.
Supplemental_Information:
The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) Southern Florida Study Unit Website can be accessed at <http://fl.water.usgs.gov/Sofl/>
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 199610
Ending_Date: 199901
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Unknown
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent: Southern Florida NAWQA study area
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -82.8
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.0
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 28.4
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24.8
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: water quality
Theme_Keyword: NAWQA
Theme_Keyword: National Water-Quality Assessment Program
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: inland waters
Theme_Keyword: environment
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Place_Keyword: Florida
Place_Keyword: South Florida
Place_Keyword: Collier County
Place_Keyword: Hendry County
Place_Keyword: Broward County
Place_Keyword: Dade County
Place_Keyword: Biscayne aquifer
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
Cite primary authors and database when using or publishing these data.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather S. Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: hhenkel@usgs.gov
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Benjamin F. McPherson and Robert Halley
Publication_Date: 1996
Title: The South Florida Environment. A Region Under Stress
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: U.S. Geological Survey Circular
Issue_Identification: 1134
Other_Citation_Details: 61 pp.
Online_Linkage: https://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/circular/1134/
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Benjamin F. McPherson, Ronald L. Miller, Kim H. Haag, and Anne Bradner
Publication_Date: 2000
Title: Water Quality in Southern Florida. Florida, 1996-98
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: U.S. Geological Survey Circular
Issue_Identification: 1207
Online_Linkage: https://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/circular/1207/
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Haag, K.H., Bernard, B.A., Bradner, L.A., McCulloch, D.S., McPherson, B.F., and Miller, R.L.
Publication_Date: 1998
Title:
National Water-Quality Assessment Program: Study design for data collection in the southern Florida study unit, 1996-98
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: U.S. Geological Survey Fact SHeet
Issue_Identification: FS-061-98
Other_Citation_Details: 4 pp.
Online_Linkage: http://fl.water.usgs.gov/Abstracts/fs061_98_haag.html
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Haag, K.H., and McPherson, B.F.
Publication_Date: 1997
Title:
Organochlorine pesticides and PCBs in southern Florida fishes: Then and now
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Fact Sheet
Issue_Identification: 110-97
Other_Citation_Details: 4 pp.
Online_Linkage: http://fl.water.usgs.gov/Abstracts/fs110_97_haag.html
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: McPherson, B.F.
Publication_Date: 1994
Title:
National Water-Quality Assessment program; southern Florida study unit
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 94-57
Other_Citation_Details: 2 pp
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr9457
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Marella, R.L.
Publication_Date: 1998
Title:
Water-quality assessment of southern Florida - waterwater discharges and runoff
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Fact Sheet
Issue_Identification: 032-98
Other_Citation_Details: 6 pp.
Online_Linkage: http://fl.water.usgs.gov/Abstracts/fs032-98_marella.html
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Miller, R.L., McPherson, B.F., and Haag, K.H.
Publication_Date: 1999
Title:
Water quality in the southern Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp in the vicinity of the Tamiami Trail, 1996-97
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Water Resources Investigations Report
Issue_Identification: 99-4062
Other_Citation_Details: 16 pp.
Online_Linkage: http://fl.water.usgs.gov/Abstracts/wri99_4062_miller.html

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report: Unknown
Completeness_Report: Unknown
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Citris Land-Use Survey Thirty one wells were installed in citrus groves of varying ages, cultivation techniques, and citrus varieties. In addition, 5 wells were drilled in background areas in the same types of soils. Citrus groves in the Florida Flatwoods provinces are intensively drained to prevent inundation of tree roots in the fine silts and sands, however, the water table generally remains about 2-4 feet below land surface. Thus, almost all the wells were less than 15 feet deep. All of the citrus wells were placed within the row in the tree drip line and were sampled once in early summer 1998. Ten wells were selected for a repeat sampling in October and November 1998. The background wells were sampled once.
Process_Date: 1998
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Study-Unit Survey One well from each of 30 public-supply wellfields in Dade, Broward, and southern Palm Beach Counties was sampled once for all constituents in 1998. Untreated water was collected at the well pump from a faucet used by utilities personnel for sampling. Each well was being pumped at the time of sampling. Well depths ranged from 40 feet deep in the southern end of Dade County to 150 feet deep in Palm Beach County.
Process_Date: 1998
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Urban Land-Use Survey The urban land-use survey was set in the central part of Broward County that has residential areas and light commercial parcels less than 25-30 years old in the same vicinity. Thirty-two urban wells and three wells in less-developed areas were sampled once for all constituents from November 1996 through April 1997. Wells were installed in vacant residential properties, parks, golf courses, roadsides, and parking lots. Well depths ranged from 10 to 50 feet deep.
Process_Date: 1997
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Mixed-Agriculture Land-Use Survey The C-111 canal drains from north to south through an intensely-cultivated agricultural area between Homestead, Florida and Everglades National Park. In November 1997, the NAWQA team conducted an intensive water-quality study in the C-111 basin to better understand the connection between the shallow ground water and surface water. Surface-water flows were shut off above our study area so that ground water fro farms would drain into the reach of the C-111 and C-113 canals and flow downstream through the S-177 structure. We collected water-quaity samples for analysis of nutrients, anions, cations, trace elements, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds (VOCS) from seven wells and eleven surface-water sites. Two of the surface-water sites were sampled daily during the four-day drawdown. Average outflow from the basin during the drawdown was approximately 70 to 80 cubic feet per second, or 45-51 million gallons per day. As an additional data source, six public-supply wells in the Homestead area were sampling in January 1998 for all constituents.
Process_Date: 1998

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
The uniformly sampled data consists of 246 physical and chemical properties of water collected from 109 wells and 11 surface-water sites. The data include physical measurements, major ions, nutrients, organic carbon, radiochemicals, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, and inorganic trace elements.
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
USGS Southern Florida National Water-Quality Assessment Program Staff

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather S. Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: hhenkel@usgs.gov
Distribution_Liability: The data have no explicit or implied guarantees.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: Text
File_Decompression_Technique: No compression applied
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: http://fl.water.usgs.gov/Sofl/gw/gwintro.html
Fees: None
Ordering_Instructions:
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20140910
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather S. Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: sofia-metadata@usgs.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name:
FGDC Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001.1-1999
Metadata_Access_Constraints:
The principal investigator for this project has retired and was unable to provide a review of the information in the metadata record. Any questions about the information should be directed to the Primary Contact Person listed near the bottom of the metadata record. This metadata record may have been copied from the SOFIA website and may not be the most recent version. Please check https://sofia.usgs.gov/metadata to be sure you have the most recent version.

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