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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offers several mapping products.

National AtlasThe National Map is now offering a collection of small-scale datasets, originally developed for the 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas of the United States, available to users.
U.S. TopoIf you want the most up-to-date edition of our famous topographic quadrangle map that contains the latest digital improvements to include an image layer, try the US Topo.
Historical MapsTo search for, view, and download any of the more than 200,000 USGS Topographic Maps dating back to 1884, go to the Historical Topographic Map Collection.
The National MapTo preview and download data that is available in the public domain, more experienced map makers and professional geographic information users should try The National Map Viewer.

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October 9, 2014

US Topo Update: Production and release of the USGS's new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo started in October 2009. In October 2012, the project met its very aggressive long-term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map–Beta" products have been removed from distribution. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 10-07-14):
  • Kansas: 100% complete - 1,403 quadrangles
  • Oklahoma: 100% complete - 1,149 quadrangles
  • Texas: 100% complete - 4,208 quadrangles
  • New York: 100% complete - 972 quadrangles
  • Kentucky: 100% complete - 671 quadrangles
  • Tennessee: 100% complete - 694 quadrangles
  • Iowa: 100% complete - 1.011 quadrangles
  • Indiana: 100% complete - 640 quadrangles
  • North Carolina: 100% complete - 883 quadrangles
  • Virginia: 100% complete - 729 quadrangles
  • Pennsylvania: 100% complete - 804 quadrangles
  • Wisconsin: 100% complete - 1,109 quadrangles
  • Colorado: 100% complete - 1,794 quadrangles
  • Minnesota: 100% complete - 1,689 quadrangles
  • Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: 100% complete - 97 quadrangles
  • Alaska: 4% complete - 412 quadrangles (estimated total maps when complete: 11,275)
  • Ohio: 100% complete - 748 quadrangles
  • New Mexico: 100% complete - 1,980 quadrangles
  • Idaho: 100% complete - 1,563 quadrangles
  • Washington: 100% complete - 1,446 quadrangles
  • Utah: 100% complete - 1,476 quadrangles
  • West Virginia: 100% complete - 418 quadrangles
  • New Jersey: 100% complete - 150 quadrangles
  • Georgia: 100% complete - 952 quadrangles
  • North Dakota: 100% complete - 1,402 quadrangles
  • Delaware: 100% complete - 38 quadrangles
  • Maryland: 100% complete - 213 quadrangles
  • Montana: 100% compete - 2,913 quadrangles
  • Arkansas: 100% compete - 874 quadrangles
  • South Carolina: 100% compete - 519 quadrangles
  • Oregon: 100% compete - 1,835 quadrangles
  • Michigan: 100% compete - 1,290 quadrangles
  • Maine: 36% compete - 258 quadrangles
  • Alabama: 45% compete - 379 quadrangles


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    3DEP in the News: The national 3D elevation program (3DEP) project is designed to satisfy the growing demand for consistent, high-quality elevation data and a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation's natural and constructed features. Among the applications that will benefit from 3DEP data are flood risk management, agriculture, water supply, homeland security, renewable energy, aviation safety, and other areas. During the past few months, 3DEP has increased visibility and importance to include a Congressional Briefing series and mentions by the Administration:

  • 3DEP Goes to Washington: Outdated and inconsistent elevation data cost lives and hinder prosperity across our Nation. Current and accurate 3D elevation data are essential to help communities cope with natural hazards, support infrastructure, ensure agricultural success, strengthen environmental decision making and bolster national security. Flood and landslide maps are just a few of the hundreds of applications benefiting from enhanced lidar data. A coordinated effort among Federal, State, local government and the private sector could meet our country’s needs for high-quality, 3D elevation data in just 8 years. The USGS will host a briefing on Capitol Hill on July 25 to further describe the importance, benefits and growing needs for 3D elevation data. http://on.doi.gov/1sLF7bE

  • USGS to Host Congressional Briefing: Safer Communities, Stronger Economies - in 3D: http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/dailynews/2014/jul/23/news5.html

  • What's the Deal with 3DEP? Current and accurate 3D elevation data are essential to help communities cope with natural hazards and disasters such as floods and landslides, support infrastructure, ensure agricultural success, strengthen environmental decision-making and bolster national security. The USGS, along with other federal, state, local and private agencies is establishing a new 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) designed to respond to the growing needs for three-dimensional mapping data of the United States. http://on.doi.gov/1kzo3hh

  • USGS 3-D Mapping Saves Lives and Money: http://fedscoop.com/usgs-3-d-mapping-data-aims-save-lives-money/

  • Kevin Gallagher Radio Interview – 3DEP: http://www.americaswebradio.com/podcasts/ACSMAug04.2014.mp3

  • The Nation is Calling for 3D Data: The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is a national initiative to accelerate the collection of 3-dimensional elevation data, to manage the authoritative lidar and ifsar datasets, and to provide elevation products and services to everyone for applications ranging from flood risk management to agricultural production. The “3DEP Program Initiative - A Call for Action” details the objectives for the collaborative 3DEP plan to help partner organizations better understand 3DEP priorities and become part of the domestic strategy to refresh all of the 3D elevation data over the next eight years. When data from 3DEP are made available as a free public service, they could generate more than $690 million per year in new benefits. The plan guides and leverages numerous partner investments and private sector technologies for 3DEP visibility and advancement. By applying 3D elevation data to their business practices, it is anticipated that the government and private users will realize benefits and increase support for 3DEP. Link to the Circular: http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1399/

  • Latest 3DEP State Fact Sheets: During the past few months, the 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP has added eight more states to its rapidly growing selection of state-specific fact sheets that features the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. Oklahoma, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Arizona join the mounting list of 32 state Fact Sheets. All are available for viewing and download from The National Map or 3DEP websites.

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    History of America’s Maps: Esri, one of the world’s leading geospatial corporations, has developed an application to better access and manipulate maps from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer allows users to access the historical maps as high resolution georeferenced images for use in web mapping apps and features a timeline to easily select the desired maps. The HTMC contains more than 178,000 legacy maps scans dating from late 1884 to 2006. More product improvements to include the ability to bring the HTMC maps into a GIS environment are expected to be announced soon. http://bit.ly/1iVSBhQ

Thumbnail image of VGI status map, Sept. 7 The National Map Corps “crowdsourcing” project in the news:

    Bienvenidos PR: The National Map Corps is happy to announce the addition of Puerto Rico to the continually growing Volunteer Geographic Information project. Using crowd-sourcing techniques, the initiative encourages citizen volunteers to collect data about man-made structures to update and validate the USGS National Map. To date, more than 58,320 structures and features have been submitted through TNMCorps web editor. Anyone with access to a computer is welcome to join the fun and earn "badges". http://on.doi.gov/1qKT0WE (Spanish version also available: http://on.doi.gov/TAyBWi)

  • Take a Trip to the Islands: The National Map Corps is happy to announce the addition of the US Virgin Islands to the continually growing Volunteer Geographic Information project. Using crowd-sourcing techniques, the initiative encourages citizen volunteers to collect data about man-made structures to update and validate the USGS National Map. To date, more than 60,500 structures and features have been submitted through TNMCorps web editor. Anyone with access to a computer is welcome to join the fun and earn "badges" (works best with Chrome browser). http://on.doi.gov/WN0eNY

  • Crowdsourcing Awards Take to the Air: The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) data volunteers continue to make significant additions to the USGS’s ability to provide accurate mapping information and data to the public. To reward those citizen scientists, TNM Corps has issued virtual badges to those participants that reach certain point (structure data submission) levels. Since a number of contributors have surpassed the current seven badges, the project has moved to develop and announce new badges, this time featuring hot air balloons, carrier pigeons, rockets and bi-planes at 1,000 point increments. Using crowd sourcing techniques, volunteers have verified, corrected, or collected more than 62,000 manmade structures providing data for the National Geospatial Program’s web-based The National Map (TNM) and ultimately US Topo maps. http://on.doi.gov/1xlmX00

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    Oregon Trails: Newly released US Topo maps for Oregon now feature segments of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Several of the 1,835 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display parts of the Trail along with other improved data layers. The PCNST is a treasured pathway through some of the most scenic terrain in the nation, stretching more than 2,650 miles from Mexican border to Canada. The new maps also include Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data. http://on.doi.gov/1nXvlgx

  • National Scenic Trails Added to Michigan Maps: Newly released US Topo maps for Michigan now feature segments of the North Country National Scenic Trail. In partnership with The National Park Service and local organizations, several of the 1,290 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display parts of the Trail along with PLSS and other improved data layers. The North Country Trail is longest one of the 11 National Scenic Trails extending over seven states from New York to North Dakota. The maps can be downloaded for free at: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/ News Release: http://on.doi.gov/1BduMXH

  • Latest Arkansas and South Carolina Quads Available: New US Topo maps for Arkansas (874 maps) and South Carolina (519 maps) have been posted to the USGS Map Locator & Downloader and are also accessible through The National Map viewer. The revised maps feature a new design that was launched earlier this year and replace the first edition US Topo maps for those states. The new design presents a crisper and cleaner presentation which enhances the readability of the maps for online and printer use. http://on.doi.gov/1ns5RGy

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Lidar vs LiDAR: Should it be LiDAR, lidar, LIDAR, LiDar or another version? There are currently at least used seven forms of the acronym for “light detection and ranging”; a method of obtaining topographic elevation using light pulses, similar to radar. To make the case for a common and consistent usage of the acronym, two USGS researchers have put forth a rationale and justification for a collective term. Which version won? Go to: http://bit.ly/1lTzHcY

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Heading for 3,500!The National Map Twitter site has surpassed its goal of 3K followers and is continuing to grow. Thanks to all who have joined us on @USGSTNM. Are you part? If not, sign up today and help us reach 3,500!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the USGS's new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo started in October 2009. In October 2012, the project met its very aggressive long-term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map–Beta" products have been removed from distribution. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 10-07-14):
  • Kansas: 100% complete - 1,403 quadrangles
  • Oklahoma: 100% complete - 1,149 quadrangles
  • Texas: 100% complete - 4,208 quadrangles
  • New York: 100% complete - 972 quadrangles
  • Kentucky: 100% complete - 671 quadrangles
  • Tennessee: 100% complete - 694 quadrangles
  • Iowa: 100% complete - 1.011 quadrangles
  • Indiana: 100% complete - 640 quadrangles
  • North Carolina: 100% complete - 883 quadrangles
  • Virginia: 100% complete - 729 quadrangles
  • Pennsylvania: 100% complete - 804 quadrangles
  • Wisconsin: 100% complete - 1,109 quadrangles
  • Colorado: 100% complete - 1,794 quadrangles
  • Minnesota: 100% complete - 1,689 quadrangles
  • Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: 100% complete - 97 quadrangles
  • Alaska: 4% complete - 412 quadrangles (estimated total maps when complete: 11,275)
  • Ohio: 100% complete - 748 quadrangles
  • New Mexico: 100% complete - 1,980 quadrangles
  • Idaho: 100% complete - 1,563 quadrangles
  • Washington: 100% complete - 1,446 quadrangles
  • Utah: 100% complete - 1,476 quadrangles
  • West Virginia: 100% complete - 418 quadrangles
  • New Jersey: 100% complete - 150 quadrangles
  • Georgia: 100% complete - 952 quadrangles
  • North Dakota: 100% complete - 1,402 quadrangles
  • Delaware: 100% complete - 38 quadrangles
  • Maryland: 100% complete - 213 quadrangles
  • Montana: 100% compete - 2,913 quadrangles
  • Arkansas: 100% compete - 874 quadrangles
  • South Carolina: 100% compete - 519 quadrangles
  • Oregon: 100% compete - 1,835 quadrangles
  • Michigan: 100% compete - 1,290 quadrangles
  • Maine: 36% compete - 258 quadrangles
  • Alabama: 45% compete - 379 quadrangles

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Latest West Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia Quads Available: New US Topo maps for West Virginia (418 quads), New Jersey (150 quads) and Georgia (952 quads) have been posted to the USGS Map Locator & Downloader and are also accessible through The National Map Viewer. The new maps feature a new design that was launched earlier this year. The new design presents a crisper and cleaner presentation which enhances the readability of the maps for online and printer use. http://on.doi.gov/1ihKlaJ

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Floating With Your Computer: With more than 2.9 billion miles of water traced in just eight months of operation, the highly popular "Streamer" just got better. Streamer is an easy to use, on-line mapping program that traces rivers and streams from any starting point all the way downstream to where the stream drains. Streamer also produces a report that includes a map of information about the people and places encountered along the traced stream. To learn about the product improvement and user endorsements, go to the Top Story at the USGS website: http://on.doi.gov/1ij5uQ2

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Alaska Mapping on TV: USGS Geospatial Liaison Becci Anderson was featured in a story on the Anchorage regional evening news. The report focused on the new US Topo maps for Alaska as part of the Alaska Mapping Initiative. The broadcast also featured an USGS geologist who explained the benefits of the new elevation data on the maps. http://bit.ly/1iztMkU

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TNM Services Webinar: The USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center sponsored an interactive webinar titled "Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts" on April 30. The webinar was well attended and aimed at developers, firms, or organizations that use geospatial data in their mobile or web applications. Event recording, slides and transcripts are available at the webinar website; http://bit.ly/Swryhg

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3DEP in the News:

  • Webinar: Conversation with the USGS - The National 3D Elevation Program (3DEP): Vicki Lukas, Chief of USGS Topographic Data Services, was interviewed by Lewis Graham of GeoCue Group for a webinar on the national 3D elevation program (3DEP) initiative. 3DEP is designed to provide the first high resolution elevation data coverage for the country. This initiative is being developed by the USGS to respond to the growing need for high-quality topographic data and other three-dimensional representations of the Nation's natural and constructed features. The webinar was held on April 29 and a recording is available at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/905763903
  • Laser Maps Reveal Slide Risk: A recent report in The Seattle Times described how "light detection and ranging" technology lidar works and how it may assist in landslide prediction in the future. USGS scientists Craig Weaver and Ralph Huagerud provided background and quotes for the article. The story also includes an interactive mapping tool that allows the reader to see before and after lidar maps of the Oso landside area.
  • ArcNews Reports: Larry Sugarbaker, Senior Adviser to the USGS National Geospatial Program, provided an in-depth interview for an article that appears in the most recent edition of ArcNews. Titled, "US Geological Survey to Lead Ambitious 3D Elevation Program" goes through the history of the 3DEP initiative, the Program goals and benefit. Additionally, Larry is featured on an engaging podcast that discusses the advances in lidar and geospatial technologies.

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New Hydro Tools: The USGS has released a web-based geospatial services known as the Hydrography Event Management (HEM) Tools that allow users to create, edit, and display geospatial markers, called Events, that are referenced to the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). Events can be customized by the user to represent nearly any water-related feature. Some examples of Events include streamgages, scenic or impaired stretches of river, fish passage barriers, toxic spills, or put-ins/take-outs for boats. For this initial release, users can customize their own HEM Web edit tool using a sample application and the required web services. http://bit.ly/R7RvCB

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LA and NM 3DEP Fact Sheets: Increasing the pace of production, he 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP has added two more states to its rapidly growing selection of state-specific fact sheets that features the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. This data is critical in such fields as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The Louisiana 3DEP Fact Sheet and New Mexico 3DEP Fact Sheet join the mounting list of 24 state Fact Sheets. All are available for viewing and download from The National Map website.

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NHD Newsletter: The most recent edition of the NHD Newsletter has been posted. The monthly bulletin highlights some of the USGS hydrography presentations as part of the 48th annual Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference, new hydrography tools and other current NHD related news. Newsletter readers are encouraged to send in articles on their work to help spread the word of how the NHD and WBD are contributing to water management and science. To view past newsletters go to http://nhd.usgs.gov/newsletter_list.html

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VGI Drives The National Map Corps: Elizabeth McCartney, the USGS lead for The National Map Corps, penned an article titled, "Volunteered Geographic Information Drives USGS National Map Corps", which appears in the recent edition of The Summit magazine (page 2). The article follows the history of the VGI project, current status of the initiative and the award winning recognition program.

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You Can Contribute to National Mapping: This April marks the one year anniversary of the USGS's The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) transition from a small regional pilot project in the heart of Denver, Colo., into a very successful nation-wide project. During the past year, civilian volunteers in every state have increasingly provided accurate mapping data to the The National Map. Some numbers: 1,422 volunteers; 33,698 points edited; 18 volunteers who have earned more than 500 points. Earn points, get badges! http://on.doi.gov/1heH7y1

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US Topo maps on Google: USGS National Geospatial Program Director Mark DeMulder, in a guest blog on the Google Enterprise website, announced that the Google Maps Gallery is now featuring US Topo maps. The interactive application allows the user to pick a location and select the desired quadrangles. The quads are downloaded directly from the USGS in GeoPDF format and can be manipulated using freely provided commercial mapping tools. The USGS is working with Google to make sure the application points to the most up to date versions of the maps. http://bit.ly/1rKroQo

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Latest Utah Quads Available: More than 1,475 newly revised US Topo maps for Utah have been posted to the USGS Map Locator & Downloader and accessible through The National Map viewer. The revised maps feature new road data from Nokia. The new maps also include Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data. The PLSS is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Other selected states will begin getting the new transportation and PLSS map data during their next respective revision cycle. http://on.doi.gov/1nX4buM

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KY, ME, MO, MT, OR & TN 3DEP Fact Sheets: Increasing the pace of production, he 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP has added six more states to its rapidly growing selection of state-specific fact sheets that features the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. This data is critical in such fields as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The Kentucky 3DEP Fact Sheet, the Maine 3DEP Fact Sheet, the Missouri 3DEP Fact Sheet, the Montana 3DEP Fact Sheet, the Oregon 3DEP Fact Sheet, and the Tennessee 3DEP Fact Sheet join the mounting list of 21 state Fact Sheets. All are available for viewing and download from The National Map website.

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Exploring Moab With New Maps: The US Topo map and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have updated the interactive map application on those home pages. The new series features 10 topographic maps of the Moab, Utah area. These flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the Moab quadrangles from 1885 to the present in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger version of the map and go directly to the download services. http://1.usa.gov/jtRGVx, http://1.usa.gov/HgbHNw

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ASPRS Elections: USGS Physical Scientist Jason Stoker has been elected as the Assistant Director of the Lidar Division of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Jason is currently at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and is former Director of the USGS Center for Lidar Information Coordination and Knowledge (CLICK). He has been a conference keynote speaker for ASPRS and guest editor for Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS), the Journal of the Imaging and Geospatial Information Society. Additionally, USGS Research Physical Scientist Lynn Usery, who was elected as the ARPRS Vice President last year, has been elevated to President-Elect. http://bit.ly/1dNRaj4

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NHD Newsletter: The most recent edition of the NHD Newsletter has been posted. The monthly bulletin highlights people and programs involved in the National Hydrography Dataset and Watershed Boundary Dataset. To this point, more than 740 pages of information have been written about these programs. Newsletter readers are encouraged to send in articles on their work to help spread the word of how the NHD and WBD are contributing to water management and science. To view past newsletters go to http://nhd.usgs.gov/newsletter_list.html

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The National Map and National Atlas Merge: During this year, National Atlas of the United States and The National Map will transition into a combined single source for geospatial and cartographic information. This transformation is projected to streamline access to maps, data and information from the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP). This action will prioritize our civilian mapping role and consolidate core investments while maintaining top-quality customer service. http://on.doi.gov/1bS7luv

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National Scenic Trails Added to Washington State Maps: Newly released US Topo maps for Washington State will feature segments of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail; two of 11 National Scenic Trails in the U.S. The USGS partnered with the National Forest Service, State and citizen alliances to incorporate these trails onto the 1,446 new US Topo quadrangles. The maps can be downloaded for free at: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/ News Release: http://on.doi.gov/1okjADg

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Border Waters: The U.S. and Canada recently completed a trans-continental project to join digital surface waters along the International Boundary. This linking of water systems data makes it easier to solve cross-border water quality issues and improve environmental coordination. The principle agencies involved in this effort are the USGS and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), with oversight by the International Joint Commission (IJC). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Agricultural Foods Canada, and Environment Canada also participated throughout the process. http://on.doi.gov/N9WTDp

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