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Selected Environmental Characteristics of Sampled Sites, Watersheds, and Riparian Zones for the U.S. Geological Survey Midwest Stream Quality Assessment

Dates

Publication Date
Time Period
2016-09

Citation

Nakagaki, N., Qi, S.L., and Baker, N.T., 2016, Selected Environmental Characteristics of Sampled Sites, Watersheds, and Riparian Zones for the U.S. Geological Survey Midwest Stream Quality Assessment: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F77W699S.

Summary

In 2013, the first of several Regional Stream Quality Assessments (RSQA) was done in the Midwest United States. The Midwest Stream Quality Assessment (MSQA) was a collaborative study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA), the USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) National Rivers and Streams Assessment (NRSA). One of the objectives of the RSQA, and thus the MSQA, is to characterize the relationships between water-quality stressors and stream ecology and to determine the relative effects of these stressors on aquatic biota within the streams (U.S. Geological Survey, 2012). To meet this objective, a framework of fundamental geospatial [...]

Contacts

Point of Contact :
U.S. Geological Survey
Originator :
Naomi Nakagaki, Sharon L. Qi, Nancy T. Baker
Metadata Contact :
Naomi Nakagaki
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Water Resources
SDC Data Owner :
California Water Science Center

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MSQA_Characteristics.xml
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MSQA_Characteristics.xlsx 2.77 MB
MSQA_Characteristics_DataDictionary.txt 15.08 MB
MSQA_Characteristics_Data.txt 123.66 KB
MSQA_Characteristics_Citations.txt 12.36 KB

Purpose

This dataset was created to support the MSQA objectives (correlations with and effects of stressors; see Abstract) and was developed using the geospatial data for the location of the water-chemistry sites, delineations of areas draining to the sites (watershed boundaries), and riparian-zone boundaries defined from buffers along digitized riparian reaches (Nakagaki and others, 2016). The physical and anthropogenic characteristics in this dataset assist with the statistical analyses and interpretation of stream water-quality and biota data collected for the MSQA study.

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DOI https://www.sciencebase.gov/vocab/category/item/identifier doi:10.5066/F77W699S

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