Groundwater-quality data were collected from 559 wells as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Project of the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Program from January through December 2014. The data were collected from four types of well networks: principal aquifer study networks, which assess the quality of groundwater used for public water supply; land-use study networks, which assess land-use effects on shallow groundwater quality; major aquifer study networks, which assess the quality of groundwater used for domestic supply; and enhanced trends networks, which evaluate the time scales during which groundwater quality changes.
Groundwater samples were analyzed for a large number of water-quality indicators and constituents, including major ions, nutrients, trace elements, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, radionuclides, and some special interest constituents (arsenic speciation, chromium (VI) and perchlorate). These groundwater-quality data are tabulated in this data release and are described in a U.S. Geological Survey Data Series Report DS-1063 (https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1063). Quality-control samples also were collected and select data from 2012-12014 are included in the report DS-1063 and this data release. Data from the environmental and QC blank and replicate samples from the 2012-2013 sampling period were presented in Arnold and others (2016) (http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7HQ3X18). Data from VOC spike QC data from May 2012-December 2014 are published in this data release and related report (https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1063) along with an analysis of QC data where detections in field blank samples, variability in replicate samples, and recoveries in VOC spike samples are described for the entire sampling period through the date covered in this report (May 2012-December 2014). The compressed file contains 33 files of groundwater-quality data in ASCII text tab-delimited format and 33 corresponding metadata in xml format for wells sampled for the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Project.
Arnold, T.L., Bexfield, L.M., Musgrove, MaryLynn, Lindsey, B.D., Stackelberg, P.E., Barlow, J.R., DeSimone, L.A., Kulongoski, J.T., Kingsbury, J.A., Ayotte, J.D., Fleming, B.J., and Belitz, Kenneth, 2017, Groundwater-quality data from the National Water-Quality Assessment Project, January through December 2014 and select quality-control data from May 2012 through December 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1063, 83 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1063.
Arnold, T.L., DeSimone, L.A., Bexfield, L.M., Lindsey, B.D., Barlow, J.R., Kulongoski, J.T., Musgrove, MaryLynn, Kingsbury, and Belitz, Kenneth, 2016, Groundwater Quality Data from the National Water Quality Assessment Project, May 2012 through December 2013: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7HQ3X18.
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