Congressional Briefing – Pesticides
Pesticides in the Nation’s Streams and Ground Water:
A Decade of Assessments Provide Information
for Future Protection
Friday, March 3, 2006
9:30 am – 11:30 am
2318 Rayburn House Office Building
The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) will release a report documenting its nationwide assessment of pesticides in streams and ground water from a decade of monitoring and analysis. The report will be released at this briefing and available for briefing attendees.
The USGS assessment provides the most comprehensive national-scale analysis to date of pesticide occurrence, concentrations, and potential for aquatic life, and wildlife. Among the major findings are that pesticides are frequently present in streams and ground water, were seldom found at concentrations likely to affect humans, but were found in many streams at concentrations that may have effects on aquatic life or fish-eating wildlife.
Thanks to Jane Dauffenbach of Aquarius Systems for this contribution.