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Preface............................................................................................. 1 Surface Water and Groundwater........................................................... 3 Historical Perspective........................................................................... 6 Water Quality From the Headwaters to the Plains...................................... 7 Organizations & Agencies...................................................................15 How Clean Is Clean? Surface Water Quality Goals and Limits. ...................16 Are the Goals Met? Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment...................20 Cleaning Up Polluted Waters...............................................................22 Pollution Controls...............................................................................23 Groundwater Quality Goals and Limits...................................................28 Drinking Water Quality Goals and Limits................................................29 Water Quality / Water Quantity. ..........................................................30 Future Challenges..............................................................................31 Resources and Contacts......................................................................32

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