Since 1998, the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have gathered information on water quality in parks to enable the National Park Service to address its most critical water quality management responsibilities.
How It Works
Annually, parks submit funding proposals to the program;these are ranked and selected by an interagency work group. The projects selected address the highest priority NPS water quality issues identified by park managers. They include
Benefits of the Partnership
Through the activities of the partnership, new relationships are established which provide opportunities for future collaborations. Also, the partnership is producing tangible products for park managers including data for resource decision-making, information for interpretation purposes, monitoring plans for park staff, and professional reports with detailed results.
The NPS—USGS partnership is administered out of the USGS Headquarters in Reston, Virginia, and the NPS Water Resources Division in Fort Collins, Colorado. For further information on the NPS/USGS Partnership Program.
Last updated: December 22, 2015