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national environmental status trends nest banner

National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

Welcome to NEST Indicator Project Website

Late-Breaking NEST News

Xxx

Why Was NEST Project Launched?

Xxx <<mention “key policy questions” as a clickable text link to the Key Policy Questions page>>

NEST Indicators

Xxxx <<mention “key policy questions” here as a clickable text link to the Key Policy Questions page and also use clickable text links for “water quantity”, etc. to send people directly to those pages.

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More News 

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Search

Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

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More 

SDI Home ! Site Map ! NEST Policy Memo ! NEST EMT Terms of Reference ! SWRR Home ! ACWI Home ! Contact Us

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National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

NEST News

Project Updates

Xxx

Upcoming Opportunities to Engage with NEST Project Team

Xxx

Feb 2008 Collaborative Forum Highlights

Xxx

More News 

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Search

Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

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More Forum

Information

SDI Home ! Site Map ! NEST Policy Memo ! NEST EMT Terms of Reference ! SWRR Home ! ACWI Home ! Contact Us

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National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

Why was NEST Indicator Process Launched?

Xxx

CEQ/OSTP/OMB Policy Memo

Xxxx

NEST Project Terms of Reference

Xxx

NEST Project Timeline

Xxx

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Search

Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

xx

SDI Home ! Site Map ! NEST Policy Memo ! NEST EMT Terms of Reference ! SWRR Home ! ACWI Home ! Contact Us

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National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

Participating Agencies

Environmental Protection Agency

Forest Service

Geological Survey

Natural Resources Conservation Service

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Participating Offices of the Executive Office of the President

Council on Environmental Quality

Office of Management and Budget

Office of Science and Technology Policy

Federal Environmental Executive

NEST Executive Management Team

Michael Shapiro, EPA, Office of Water Programs

Denice Shaw, EPA, Office of Research and Development

Carolyn Olson, NRCS

Terry Holman, Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Robert Hirsch, GS, Office of Water

Beth Norton, NOAA

Rich Guldin, FS, NEST EMT (Current Chair)

Other Key NEST Personnel

Wendy Norton, ACWI

Macara Lousberg, EPA

Nancy Wentworth, EPA

Doug Powell, FS

More News 

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Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

xx

SDI Home ! Site Map ! NEST Policy Memo ! NEST EMT Terms of Reference ! SWRR Home ! ACWI Home ! Contact Us

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National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

Key Policy Questions

How much water do we have?

<Why is this an important question?>

How much water do we use?

<Why is this an important question?>

Do our lakes and rivers have healthy fish?

<Why is this an important question?>

What chemicals are in our lakes and rivers?

<Why is this an important question?>

Are our lakes and rivers safe for swimming?

<Why is this an important question?>

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More 

More 

Search

Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

xx

More 

More 

More 

SDI Home ! Site Map ! NEST Policy Memo ! NEST EMT Terms of Reference ! SWRR Home ! ACWI Home ! Contact Us

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National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

  • How much water do we have?
  • NEST Indicators of water quantity
    • Surface water storage
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Snow pack
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Soil moisture
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Change in storage of groundwater
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Stream flow trends
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Current stream flow conditions
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Current ground water levels
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured:?
    • Area of wetlands
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Incidence and extent of floods
      • Why is this important
      • How is it measured?
  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

Go

More 

More 

Search

Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

xx

More 

More 

More 

More 

SDI Home ! Site Map ! NEST Policy Memo ! NEST EMT Terms of Reference ! SWRR Home ! ACWI Home ! Contact Us

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More 

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National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

  • How much water do use?
  • NEST Indicators of water use
    • Total water withdrawals for all uses
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Irrigation use
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Municipal use
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Energy and industrial use
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

Go

More 

More 

Search

Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

xx

More 

More 

SDI Home ! Site Map ! NEST Policy Memo ! NEST EMT Terms of Reference ! SWRR Home ! ACWI Home ! Contact Us

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National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

  • Do our lakes and rivers have healthy fish?
  • NEST Indicators of aquatic habitat quality
    • Fish communities in lakes and rivers
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Stocks of key commercial fisheries
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Mussel communities
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Benthic invertebrate communities
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Zooplankton and algal communities
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Aquatic plant communities
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

Go

More 

More 

Search

Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

xx

More 

More 

More 

More 

SDI Home ! Site Map ! NEST Policy Memo ! NEST EMT Terms of Reference ! SWRR Home ! ACWI Home ! Contact Us

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National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

Go

  • What chemicals are in our lakes and rivers?
  • NEST Indicators of water quality
    • Nitrate flux in major rivers
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Nitrate concentrations in water bodies
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Phosphate flux in major rivers
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Stream bed stability
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Sediment transport
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Water clarity
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Chlorophyll A
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Dissolved oxygen
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured:?
    • pH and acid neutralizing capacity
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Water temperatures
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Hypoxic areas
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Metals and related contaminants
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Pesticides
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Other emerging chemicals
      • Why is this important
      • How is it measured?

More 

Search

Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

xx

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More 

More 

More 

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National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

  • Is our water safe?
  • NEST Indicators of safety for body contact and consumption of water and fish
    • Recreational water quality
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Beach closures
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Fish consumption advisories
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Shellfish consumption advisories
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Contaminants in fish and shellfish
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Harmful algal blooms
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Human illness from waterborne pathogens
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Nitrates in rural water wells
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured:?
    • Pesticides in rural water wells
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
    • Community water supply system violations
      • Why is this important?
      • How is it measured?
  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

Go

More 

More 

Search

Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

xx

More 

More 

More 

More 

SDI Home ! Site Map ! NEST Policy Memo ! NEST EMT Terms of Reference ! SWRR Home ! ACWI Home ! Contact Us

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National Environmental Status & Trends (NEST) Banner

Indicator: <<one page for each indicator>>

What is the current level of the indicator?

<<Narrative explanation>>

<<Map>>

<<Graphic>>

What is the recent trend in this indicator?

<<Narrative explanation>>

<<Map>>

<<Graphic>>

Who produces this indicator?

<<link to the website of the agency/organzation responsible for collecting and analyzing the data supporting this indicator>>

Where are the metadata and protocols for this indicator?

<<link to the website where the metadata and analytical protocols are located>>

  • I Want To
    • See the NEST Indicators
    • See the NEST Metadata
    • Zz
  • I Want to Go To
    • EPA Website
    • FS Website
    • NOAA Website
    • NRCS Website
    • USGS Website
    • ACWI Website
    • SWRR Website
    • SDI Website
    • CEQ Website
    • OSTP Website
    • OMB Website
  • See Other Indicator Links

Go

Search

Browse by Subject

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Water Use

Water Chemistry

Aquatic Habitat

xx

SDI Home ! Site Map ! NEST Policy Memo ! NEST EMT Terms of Reference ! SWRR Home ! ACWI Home ! Contact Us

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