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Lower Tennessee River Basin National Water-Quality Assessment Program

Woodside, M.D., 1998, Lower Tennessee River Basin National Water-Quality Assessment Program [abs.], in Jacks, Susan, Barksdale, Susan, Bean, Lana, Alverson, Melissa, and Thomas, Linda, comps., Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, 8th, Nashville, Tenn., 1998, Proceedings: American Water Resources Association, Tennessee Section, p. 1A-9.

Abstract

During the past 25 years, government and industry have invested large amounts of resources for the purpose of improving water quality across the Nation. Despite the progress that has been made, many water-quality issues remain. The U.S. Geological Survey began the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program in 1991 to address the need for consistent and scientifically sound information for the management of the Nation's water resources. The objectives of the NAWQA Program are to (1) describe current water-quality conditions for a large part of the Nation's streams and aquifers, (2) describe how water quality is changing with time, and (3) improve our understanding of the natural and human factors affecting water quality.

The lower Tennessee River Basin NAWQA study area consists of the Tennessee River and its tributaries from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to its mouth at the confluence with the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky. The study is currently in a planning and design phase. A liaison committee will be organized to facilitate communication and coordination between the U.S. Geological Survey and other scientific and land- and water-management organizations concerned with water-quality issues in the lower Tennessee River Basin. An intensive sampling phase will be followed by a data analysis and report publication phase. During the sampling phase, chemical, physical, and ecological data will be collected from selected streams and aquifers to address water-quality issues throughout the lower Tennessee River Basin.


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