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A nationwide water-quality monitoring strategy, calling for greater coordination, consistency, and collaboration among federal, state, and local water-quality agencies was released in March by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and fourteen other government agencies.

The report was prepared for the Office of Management and Budget by the Intergovernmental Task Force on Monitoring Water Quality, which was formed in 1991 to conduct a nationwide review and evaluation of water-quality monitoring activities. The task force is part of the Water Information Coordination Program, a federal agency-wide coordination effort established by OMB in December 1991.