BASINS: Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Nonpoint Sources

BASINS is a multipurpose environmental analysis system for use by regional, state, and local agencies in performing watershed and water quality based studies. This new software makes it possible to quickly assess large amounts of point source and nonpoint source data in a format that is easy to use and understand. Installed on a personal computer, BASINS allows the user to assess water quality at selected stream sites or throughout an entire watershed. It is an invaluable tool that integrates environmental data, analytical tools, and modeling programs to support development of cost-effective approaches to environmental protection.

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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Hydrology:Ground Water:Water and society, policy, and management, Groundwater modeling, Biology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Point Source Pollution, Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Decision-Making, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Water Quality and Quantity:Non-Point Source Pollution, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Environmental Mineralogy, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geochemistry
Resource Type: Computer Applications, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Tools, Datasets
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14), General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geochemistry, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Public Policy, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Geology, Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Mineralogy
Environmental Policy: Environmental Decision-Making
Health Topics: Epidemiology and Risk Analysis, Waterborne Transport Processes, Analytical Techniques
Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Groundwater:Water and society, policy, and management, Groundwater modeling, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Environmental Mineralogy, Solid Earth:Geochemistry, Biosphere, Earth surface, Human Dimensions/ResourcesKeywords: Water quality, Water pollution, Ecosystems