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Briefing Date:10/24/2012
Topic:Preparing for the Third Decade (Cycle 3) of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Water Science and Technology Board
Committee on Preparing for the Third Decade (Cycle 3) of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program

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Congressional Briefing
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
B-375 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.
and
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
2321 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 3:00 p.m.

on

Preparing for the Third Decade (Cycle 3) of the
National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program

The first two decades of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program have provided a successful and useful assessment of U.S. water-quality conditions, how they have changed over time, and how natural features and human activities have affected those conditions.

The Science Plan for Cycle 3 articulates a forward-thinking vision for NAWQA science over the next decade, building on the previous cycles' data, experience, and products. Preparing for the Third Decade (Cycle 3) of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program explains the national needs outlined in the plan, NAWQA's need to emphasize collaboration with other USGS and external programs, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on July 25, 2012 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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