Water Quality & Quantity

Very different geographic regions make up the Mid-Atlantic Network: the gentle, rolling Coastal Plain & Piedmont regions, and the mountainous Blue Ridge physiographic province. The waterways in these regions are similarly distinct and difficult to compare. As a result, the Mid-Atlantic Network monitors water quality and quantity for both regions separately. Learn more with the links below.

Baptism Creek disappears around a bend as it flows through a young forest in wintertime.

Coastal Plain & Piedmont Parks

Monitoring water quality & quantity helps the National Park Service fulfill its duty to protect pristine (or improve impaired) park waters.

A small waterfall cascades several feet down into a dark turquoise pool

Shenandoah National Park

The streams in Shenandoah are formed from numerous cool-water springs, and become highly oxygenated as they tumble downhill.

Last updated: July 27, 2018