||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 first volume of the guidance manual describes the five step process that is recommended to support the assessment and management of sediment quality conditions (i.e., relative to sediment-dwelling organisms, aquatic-dependent wildlife, and human health). Importantly, the document provides an overview of the framework for ecosystem-based sediment quality assessment and management (Chapter 2). In addition, the recommended procedures for identifying sediment quality issues and concerns and compiling the existing knowledge base are described (Chapter 3). Furthermore, the recommended procedures for establishing ecosystem goals, ecosystem health objectives, and sediment management objectives are presented (Chapter 4). Finally, methods for selecting ecosystem health indicators, metrics, and targets for assessing contaminated sediments are described (Chapter 5). Together, this guidance is intended to support planning activities related to contaminated sediment assessments, such that the resultant data are likely to support sediment management decisions at the site under investigation. More detailed information on these and other topics related to the assessment and management of contaminated sediments can be found in the publications that are listed in the Bibliography of Relevant Publications (Appendix 2).