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Water quality in the Allegheny and Monongahela River basins, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Maryland, 1996-98

April 1, 2001

Major influences and findings for ground water quality, surface water quality, and biology in the Allegheny and Monongahela River basins are described and illustrated. Samples were collected in a variety of media to determine trace elements, sulfate, pesticides, nitrate, volatile organic compounds, organochlorine compounds, and radon-222. This report discusses the influences of several land-use practices, such as coal mining, urbanization, agriculture, and forestry. The report also includes a summary of a regional investigation of water quality and quality invertebrates in the Northern and Central Appalachian coal regions.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2000
Title Water quality in the Allegheny and Monongahela River basins, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Maryland, 1996-98
DOI 10.3133/cir1202
Authors Robert M. Anderson, Kevin M. Beer, Theodore F. Buckwalter, Mary E. Clark, Steven D. McAuley, James I. Sams, Donald R. Williams
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 1202
Index ID cir1202
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Pennsylvania Water Science Center