Contaminated Sediments

EPA Grant Number: R825278
Title: Contaminated Sediments
Investigators: Lick, Wilbert
Institution: University of California - Santa Barbara
EPA Project Officer: Hahn, Intaek
Project Period: October 1, 1996 through September 30, 1999 (Extended to September 30, 2000)
Project Amount: $659,764
RFA: Risk-Based Decisions for Contaminated Sediments (1996) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Land and Waste Management


The general purpose of the research is to understand and predict the transport and fate of sediments and hydrophobic organic chemicals (HOCs) in surface waters for a range of environmental conditions. Specific emphases are (a) the transport and fate of HOCs due to resuspension of bottom sediments, especially during severe events, and the biological, chemical, and physical factors controlling this resuspension, and (b) the biogeochemical partitioning of HOCs between sediments, water, and biota in order to better predict the bioavailability of contaminants and the subsequent interactions between contaminants and biota. The transport, fate, and effects of mixtures of HOCs as well as single chemicals will be investigated. This information will allow scientists, engineers, and managers to quantitatively predict the effects of various management decisions on the remediation of contaminated sediments and the resulting quality of the biota and surface waters.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 17 publications for this project

Journal Articles:

Journal Articles have been submitted on this project: View all 10 journal articles for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

sediments, contaminated sediments, risk, transport and fate, hydrophobic organic chemicals, bioavailability, benthic organisms, erosion rates, deposition rates, modeling., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Waste, Water, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Hydrology, Environmental Chemistry, Contaminated Sediments, Fate & Transport, chemical mixtures, Ecology and Ecosystems, fate and transport, aquatic life, biogeochemical partitioning, aquatic ecosystem, contaminant transport, erosion, predictive understanding, hydrophobic organic chemicals (HOCs), bioavailability, contaminated sediment, benthic biota, resuspension, sediment transport, transport contaminants, biota diversity, aquatic ecosystems, hydrophobic organic chemicals, ecology assessment models, aquatic biota

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • Final Report