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Chapter 15 : Creating a National Water Quality Monitoring Network

By National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Book Id: WPLBN0000679282
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 176.41 KB.
Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Chapter 15 : Creating a National Water Quality Monitoring Network  
Author: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Language: English
Subject: Science., Ecology & environment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.)
Collection: National Oceanographic Data Center
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Historic
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Publisher: Government Reference Publication

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Excerpt: RECOGNIZING THE VALUE OF WATER QUALITY MONITORING. Pollution of the nation?s coastal waters has led to beach closures, oxygen depletion, health impacts from toxic contamination, and many other problems described in Chapter 14. Despite these threats to coastal waters, there is no national network in place to monitor water quality changes and their causes, facilitate estimates of their economic impact, and measure the success of management efforts. Increased monitoring is needed not only along the nation?s coasts, but also inland where pollutants make their way downstream, ultimately impacting coastal waters. A national water quality monitoring network is essential to support the move toward an ecosystem-based management approach that considers human activities, their benefits, and their potential impacts within the context of the broader biological and physical environment. While current water quality monitoring helps track specific substances, it has been less effective in helping understand how various ecosystem components interact and change over the long term...

 

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