Drinking Water Quality: Expert Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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Preparing for the Third Decade (Cycle 3) of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program (2012)

The first two decades of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program have provided a successful and useful assessment of U.S. water-quality conditions, how they have changed over time, and how natural features and human activities have affected those conditions. Now, planning is underway for the third decade (Cycle 3) of the Program outlined in the Science Plan, with challenges including ensuring that the NAWQ... More >>

Review of Studies of Possible Toxic Effects from Past Environmental Contamination at Fork Detrick: A Letter Report (2012)

Fort Detrick's Area B has been used for disposal of chemical, biological, and radiological material, storage of explosives, and research activities. The groundwater of Area B was contaminated by perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), which leaked from storage drums buried in Area B. Members of the public who live near Fort Detrick in Frederick County, Maryland, are concerned that the contaminated groundwater might have affecte... More >>

Letter Report Assessing the USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program's Science Plan (2011)

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program is poised to expand its current, nationally recognized role in monitoring water quality to the ability to forecast likely future conditions, according to a National Research Council report. The Program's plan to assess the dynamics of changes in water quality would tailor water sampling frequency and location to known events, such as the wet or dry spells associate... More >>

Review of the St. Johns River Water Supply Impact Study: Report 3 (2010)

A proposed withdrawal of 262 million gallons of water per day from the St. Johns River in northeast Florida -- intended to help satisfy increasing demand on public water supplies -- may not decrease the river's average flow and water level, according to research conducted by the St. Johns River Water Management District. The unexpected finding assumes management of the upper river basin to bring water back into the system and depends on projecte... More >>

Letter Report Assessing the USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program's Science Framework (2010)

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program provides an understanding of U.S. water-quality conditions and how they change over time, and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions. This letter report provides near-term advice to NAWQA as it enters its third decade (Cycle 3) of water quality monitoring. The report recommends that activities in this cycle be organized around two drivers o... More >>