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National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study-Unit Investigations in the conterminous United States 2001-2012

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2006-01-31
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Hitt, K.J. and Nakagaki, N., 2006, National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study-Unit Investigations in the conterminous United States 2001-2012: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P99GHU5P.

Summary

These data were released prior to the October 1, 2016 effective date for the USGS’s policy dictating the review, approval, and release of scientific data as referenced in USGS Survey Manual Chapter 502.8 Fundamental Science Practices: Review and Approval of Scientific Data for Release. This is a coverage of the boundaries and codes used for the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program Study-Unit investigations in the conterminous United States, excluding the High Plains Regional Ground-Water Study. The data set represents the areas to be studied during the second cycle of the NAWQA Program, from 2001-2012 ("cycle 2").

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Purpose

The National Water-Quality Assessment Program is a primary source for long-term, nationwide information on the quality of streams, ground water, and aquatic ecosystems (Gilliom and others, 2001). The goals of NAWQA are to assess the status and trends in the quality of the Nation's ground- and surface-water resources and to provide a sound understanding of the natural and human factors that affect the quality of these resources (Leahy and others, 1990). Study Units are defined by major river basins and aquifers across the Nation (Gilliom and others, 2001). This coverage contains the boundaries for the Study Units within the conterminous United States (excluding the High Plains Regional Ground Water-Study) that were defined for cycle 2 of NAWQA. During cycle 1 of NAWQA (1991-2001), 51 studies actually were undertaken (49 in the conterminous U.S. excluding the High Plains Regional Ground Water Study and one each in Alaska and Hawaii), and 8 were not scheduled. The boundaries and codes for cycle 1 Study Units in the conterminous U.S. are maintained in a separate data set (NAWQACYC1). That coverage depicts 57 Study Units: 49 actually studied and 8 not scheduled. The second cycle of NAWQA (2001-2012) adjusted its scope to 42 of these important river basins and aquifer systems to accommodate budget reductions. Cycle 2 began with 14 Study Units in 2001. This coverage (NAWQACYC2) depicts the 42 Study Units defined for cycle 2 excluding the High Plains Regional Ground Water Study. Although the boundaries of most Study Units remain the same in cycle 2, TENN (UTEN+LTEN), CCYK (CCPT+YAKI), PODL (POTO+DLMV), and WHMI (WHIT+MIAM) are combinations of two Study Units assessed in the first cycle. The coverage also includes the name, starting date, and NAWQA standard abbreviation of each Study Unit plus various codes to help display the data. This data set is used primarily to display the location of NAWQA Study Units and for analysis of data at the national scale. It is not recommended for either local or regional analysis due to the small scale of most of the features.
This is an image of a national map showing the cycle 2 NAWQA Study Unit boundaries.
This is an image of a national map showing the cycle 2 NAWQA Study Unit boundaries.

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These data were originally released on the Water Mission Area National Spatial Data Infrastructure Node and were migrated to sciencebase.gov in 2023. These data were released prior to the October 1, 2016 effective date for the USGS's policy dictating the review, approval, and release of scientific data as referenced in USGS Survey Manual Chapter 502.8 Fundamental Science Practices: Review and Approval of Scientific Data for Release.

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