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The Acadian-Pontchartrain Study Unit of the National Water Quality Assessment Program
Welcome to the website of the Acadian-Pontchartrain study unit of the National Water Quality Assessment Program. The National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) describes the status of the ground- and surface-water resources of the nation using a nationally consistent design. NAWQA investigates water-quality information on a wide range of spatial scales, local to national in scope, a range of climates and seasonal conditions, and a variety of water-quality issues that affect large areas of the Nation. NAWQA has identified and chosen to study agricultural pesticides, nutrients, trace metals, and volatile organic compounds in urban settings, among others. This program is unique compared to other national water-quality assessment studies in that it integrates the monitoring of the quality of surface and ground waters with the study of aquatic ecosystems, and seeks to understand how natural and human factors influence water quality.
The goals of the NAWQA Program are to:
Our study area (also known as a
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