Tuesday, May 8, 2012

USGS, EPA Launch New Water Quality Portal

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency have teamed up to launch an online portal for water quality information.

Developed in cooperation with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council, the new Water Quality Portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data from USGS’s National Water Information System and EPA’s Storage and Retrieval Data Warehouse

USGS Director Marcia McNutt called the portal a key step toward making information more readily available. “For decades both USGS and EPA have been collecting water quality data for different purposes and different missions, but today all data is accessible in one place with a few mouse clicks,” McNutt said in a statement.

The portal provides a single, user-friendly web interface showing where water quality information is available from federal, state, tribal and other water partners. It allows data users to more easily search, compile, and format water monitoring data for analysis, and provides scientists, policy-makers, and the public with a single web interface to query data stored in STORET and NWIS. 

The new portal can be accessed here.

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