||MacDonald Environmental Sciences Ltd., Ladysmith (British Columbia).; British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, Victoria. Environmental Protection Div.; Geological Survey, Columbia, MO. Environmental Research Center.; Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago, IL. Great Lakes National Program Office.
The third volume in the series describes the four types of information that are commonly used to assess contaminated sediments, including sediment and pore-water chemistry data (Chapter 2), sediment toxicity data (Chapter 3), benthic invertebrate community structure data (Chapter 4), and bioaccumulation data (Chapter 5). Some of the other tools that can be used to support assessments of sediment quality conditions are also briefly described (e.g., fish health assessments; Chapter 6). The information compiled on each of the tools includes: descriptions of its applications, advantages, and limitations; discussions on the availability of standard methods, the evaluation of data quality, methodological uncertainty, and the interpretation of associated data; and, recommendations to guide the use of each of these individual indicators of sediment quality conditions. Furthermore, guidance is provided on the interpretation of data on multiple indicators of sediment quality conditions (Chapter 7). Together, the information provided in the three-volume series is intended to further support the design and implementation of focused sediment quality assessment programs.