National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Projects in New Jersey Archive

Science Center Objects

These archive pages document the first phase of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program (Cycle I) studies in New Jersey,  including summary documents, work plans, study sites, maps and publications.

Sustaining the quality of the Nation's water resources and the health of our diverse ecosystems depends on the availability of sound water-resources data and information to develop effective, science-based policies.

 

In 1991, Congress established the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project to address where, when, why, and how the Nation's water quality has changed, or is likely to change in the future, in response to human activities and natural factors. Since then, NAWQA has been a leading source of scientific data and knowledge used by national, regional, state, and local agencies to develop science-based policies and management strategies to improve and protect water resources used for drinking water, recreation, irrigation, energy development, and ecosystem needs

 

Major NAWQA studies are conducted within selected areas called study units. These study units encompass important river and aquifer systems in the United States and represent the diverse geographic, water-resource, land-use, and water-use characteristics of the Nation. Two major study units are located within New Jersey.

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Delaware River Basin (DELR) NAWQA Study Unit Archive

The Delaware River Basin (DELR) NAWQA study began in 1997 as a multi-district effort  coordinated from the New Jersey Water Science Center (WSC) The intensive efforts included sample collection of water, suspended and bed sediment, biologic tissues, and aquatic communities.

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Long Island-New Jersey (LINJ) Coastal Drainages Study Archive

The Long Island-New Jersey (LINJ) coastal drainages NAWQA study began in 1994 and is a multi-district effort  coordinated from the New Jersey Water Science Center (WSC). A multi-scale study approachis used to collect samples and integrate findings related to water, suspended and bed sediment, biologic tissues, and aquatic communities.

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Other Archived NAWQA Projects in New Jersey

  • Program Management, NAWQA 
  • Ground-Water Status & Trends, NAWQA 
  • Surface-Water Status & Trends, NAWQA
  • Topical Teams, NAWQA
  • Project Management, NAWQA 

Active NAWQA Projects in New Jersey