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Water quality in south-central Texas, Texas, 1996–98

January 1, 2000

This report summarizes major findings about water quality in south-central Texas that emerged from an assessment conducted between 1996 and 1998 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. Water quality is discussed in terms of local and regional issues and compared to conditions found in all 36 NAWQA study areas, called Study Units, assessed to date. Findings also are explained in the context of selected national benchmarks, such as those for drinking-water quality and the protection of aquatic organisms. The NAWQA Program was not intended to assess the quality of the Nation’s drinking water, such as by monitoring water from household taps. Rather, the assessments focus on the quality of the resource itself, thereby complementing many ongoing Federal, State, and local drinking-water monitoring programs. The comparisons made in this report to drinking-water standards and guidelines are only in the context of the available untreated resource. Finally, this report includes information about the status of aquatic communities and the condition of instream habitats as elements of a complete water-quality assessment. Many topics covered in this report reflect the concerns of officials of State and Federal agencies, water-resource managers, and members of stakeholder groups who provided advice and input during the assessment. Residents who wish to know more about water quality in the areas where they live will find this report informative as well.

Publication Year 2000
Title Water quality in south-central Texas, Texas, 1996–98
DOI 10.3133/cir1212
Authors Peter W. Bush, Ann F. Ardis, Lynne Fahlquist, Patricia B. Ging, C. Evan Hornig, Jennifer Lanning-Rush
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 1212
Index ID cir1212
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Texas Water Science Center