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Study Region Boundaries for the U.S. Geological Survey Regional Stream Quality Assessment


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Qi, S.L., and Nakagaki, N., 2020, Geospatial database of the study boundaries, sampled sites, watersheds, and riparian zones for the U.S. Geological Survey Regional Stream Quality Assessment: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


In 2013, the Regional Stream Quality Assessment (RSQA) study was started as part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) project. One of the objectives of the RSQA is to characterize the relationships between water-quality stressors and stream ecology and subsequently determine the relative effects of these stressors on aquatic biota within the streams (Garrett and others, 2017; Journey and others, 2015; Coles and others, 2019; Sheibley and others, 2017; May and others, 2020). The study was implemented in five regions across the United States (U.S.); the Midwest (MSQA) in 2013, the Southeast (SESQA) in 2014, the Pacific Northwest (PNSQA) in 2015, the Northeast (NESQA) in 2016, and California (CSQA) [...]


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This dataset was developed as one of the four fundamental geospatial data layers to define the geographic extents of each of the RSQA regional study areas and to illustrate the study boundaries in cartographic products in published reports and presentations.

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