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Results of the Albemarle-Pamlico drainage NAWQA: Nutrients and pesticides in surface water and ground water

Solutions—A Technical Conference on Water Quality
By Timothy B. Spruill, Michael D. Woodside, Douglas A. Harned, Gerard McMahon, and Jody L. Eimers


The U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program was established to answer the question "Is the Nation's water quality getting better, worse, or staying the same" - The Albemarle-Pamlico Study Unit, which includes four major river basins, the Chowan, Roanoke, Tar, and Neuse, was one of 20 study units, established in 1991 to help address this important question. By 1997 as many as 60 study units are targeted to be established on a national basis.

To identify major surface-water and ground-water-quality problems associated with nutrients and pesticides on both spatial and temporal scales, information is required to determine if these chemicals occur at concentrations and locations which are of environmental or human health concern. This information is obtained by active monitoring of surface and ground-water quality-- collection of samples from stream and well sites for analysis of chemical constituents and compounds of interest. This report concentrates on nutrients and pesticides.

An expanded abstract is available through the ALBE NAWQA pages


Spruill T.B., Woodside, M.D., Harned, D.A., McMahon, Gerard, and Eimers J.L., 1996, Results of the Albemarle-Pamlico Drainage NAWQA—Nutrients and pesticides in surface water and ground water—Solutions-A Technical Conference on Water Quality, Proceedings: Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina State University, March 19-21, 1996, pp. 24-30.

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