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Rivers & Streams

For information on programs and actions to protect and restore rivers, streams and other aquatic resources, see Protecting Watersheds.

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  • Wadeable Streams Assessment: A Collaborative Survey of the Nation's Streams (WSA).
    This is the first-ever, statistically-valid survey of the biological condition of the Nation's streams.

  • Survey of the Nation’s Rivers:
    EPA and its state, tribal, federal and other partners are beginning work on a survey of the quality of the nation’s rivers. It is one of a series being implemented to periodically generate statistically-valid and environmentally relevant reports on the condition of the nation’s water resources.

  • National Assessment Database:
    This website provides a summary of state-reported water quality information and allows the user to view assessments of individual assessed waterbodies.

  • Volunteer Stream Monitoring: A Methods Manual
    This document describes volunteer stream monitoring methods for volunteers, including habitat assessment, macroinvertebrate monitoring, and chemical monitoring approaches.

  • Rapid Bioassessment Protocols for Use in Wadeable Streams and Rivers:
    Periphyton, Benthic Macroinvertebrates, and Fish, 2nd edition This document describes refined and revised methods for conducting cost-effective biological assessments of streams and small rivers. It focuses on periphyton, benthic macroinvertebrates and fish assemblages, and on assessing the quality of the physical habitat.

  • Mississippi River Basin
    This site provides information about the issues, organizations and activities that involve the Mississippi River basin.

  • American Heritage Rivers
    An interagency initiative to provide focused support for 14 designated rivers, and services and information for others interested in river protection and restoration.

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