New Jersey Water Science Center
USGS IN YOUR STATE
USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.
National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Projects in New Jersey
The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) provides an understanding of water-quality conditions and how those conditions may vary locally, regionally, and nationally; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time; and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions.
Delaware River Basin (DELR) NAWQA Study Unit
The Delaware River Basin (DELR) NAWQA study began in 1997 and is a multi-district effort. Coordinated from our West Trenton, New Jersey office, the study also includes paticipation by our Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Troy, New York offices. During the first two years of the study (1997-1998) staff was hired, a liaison committee was started, existing data was analyzed, and plans for three years (1999-2001) of intensive data collection were developed. The intensive efforts will include multi-scale study approaches to collect samples of water, suspended and bed sediment, biologic tissues, and aquatic communities. The DELR NAWQA study is then scheduled to enter a low-intensity phase of monitoring and report writing in 2002 and return to another 3 years of intensive study again in 2008-2010.
Long Island-New Jersey (LINJ) Coastal Drainages Study
The Long Island-New Jersey (LINJ) coastal drainages NAWQA study is one of the 1994 set and is coordinated from our West Trenton, NJ office. Tasks for the first two years, 1994-95, included staffing, developing a liaison process, analyzing existing data, and designing a data collection program that started in 1996. These planning activities lead to the study design for 3 years of intensive data collection in 1996-98. The intensive efforts includes multi-scale study approaches to collect samples of water, suspended and bed sediment, biologic tissues, and aquatic communities. The LINJ NAWQA study is scheduled to enter a low-intensity phase of monitoring and report writing in 1999 and return to another 3 years of intensive study again in 2005-7.