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A national stream internet

Posted date: January 23, 2015
Publication Year: 
2014
Authors: Isaak, Daniel J.; Nagel, David E.;
Document type: Briefing Papers

Description

Accurate, high resolution information does not exist regarding the status and trends of water quality and aquatic biotas throughout the 2,000,000 kilometers of river and stream networks in the U.S. Without this information, prioritization of limited conservation resources within and among resource agencies proceeds inefficiently. Massive amounts of water quality data, biological surveys, and habitat condition assessments have been collected by state, federal, tribal, and private organizations across the U.S. Those data could be used to develop accurate status and trend assessments if they were used with a nationally consistent analytical infrastructure and new models developed for stream data.

Key Points:

  • Massive amounts of water quality data, biological surveys, and habitat condition assessments have been collected by state, federal, tribal, and private organizations throughout the 2,000,000 stream kilometers in the U.S.
  • The Stream Internet project is developing a national analytical infrastructure usable with existing stream databases.
  • Status and trend assessments for the nation’s aquatic resources could be greatly enhanced through application of Stream Internet technologies at relatively low cost.

For more information, visit the National Stream Internet webpage.

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