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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Coastal Condition Report IV

Information about the Report
Title National Coastal Condition Report IV
Description The National Coastal Condition Report IV (NCCR IV) is the fourth in a series of environmental assessments of U.S. coastal waters and the Great Lakes. The report includes assessments of all the Nation’s coastal waters in the contiguous 48 states and Puerto Rico, south-eastern Alaska, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. The NCCR IV relies heavily on coastal monitoring data from EPA’s National Coastal Assessment (NCA) to assess coastal condition by evaluating five indices of condition—water quality, sediment quality, benthic community condition, coastal habitat loss, and fish tissue contaminants. The NCCRs are designed to help us better understand the condition of the nation’s coastal waters, whether that condition is getting better or worse, and how different regions compare.
Organization U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Year 2012
URL https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/national-coastal-condition-report-iv-2012
Level of Technical Detail Medium
Direct Access to Data No
Direct Access to Metadata Yes
EPA Region
State
County
Municipality
Sub-Municipality
Watershed
Ecosystem
Link to Organization http://water.epa.gov/
Contact Information https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/forms/national-aquatic-resource-surveys-contact-us
Environmental Indicator Scale National, Regional
Additional Information Interpreting and Using Indicators

Information about the indicators in the report
Environmental Category in the Report Indicator in the Report EPA Web Taxonomy
Benthic Index Benthic Index Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Research & Analysis:Monitoring:Biomonitoring
Species
Fish Tissue Contaminant Index Fish Tissue Contaminant Index Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Food Safety:Fish & Wildlife Consumption
Land Cover Coastal land cover change Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Sustainable Development
Soils & Lands
Sediment Quality Index Sediment contaminants Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Pollutants & Contaminants:Water Pollutants:Sediments:Contaminated Sediments
Sediment Quality Index Sediment toxicity Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Pollutants & Contaminants:Water Pollutants:Sediments:Contaminated Sediments
Sediment Quality Index Total organic compounds Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Water Quality Index Chlorophyll a Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Pollutants & Contaminants:Water Pollutants
Microorganisms: Algae
Water Quality Index Dissolved oxygen Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Pollutants & Contaminants:Water Pollutants
Water Quality Index Nitrogen Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Pollutants & Contaminants:Water Pollutants
Water:Water Pollution:Non-Point Sources of Water Pollution
Water Quality Index Phosphorous Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Pollutants & Contaminants:Water Pollutants
Water:Water Pollution:Non-Point Sources of Water Pollution
Water Quality Index Water clarity Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Pollutants & Contaminants:Water Pollutants
Wetlands Change in marine and estuarine wetlands Water:Surface Water:Oceans:Coastal Environments
Water:Wetlands