||An overview of sediment quality in the United States : final report /
Lyman, Warren J. ;
Glazer, A. E. ;
Ong, J. H. ;
Coons, S. F.
||Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Water Regulations and Standards.
|| U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Water quality--United States--Measurement. ;
Water quality--Measurement. ;
Water quality measurement--United States
Water pollution ;
Environmental surveys ;
United States ;
Organic compounds ;
Water quality ;
Water pollution control ;
In-place pollutants ;
||Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy.
||204 pages ; 28 cm
The report provides an overview of sediment quality in waters of the United States. The focus is on describing qualitatively the nature and extent of contaminated sediments, i.e., bottom deposits in rivers, lakes, harbors and oceans that have been polluted with heavy metals, organic chemicals and other materials from anthropogenic sources. Such materials, also called 'in-place pollutants,' may be significantly impacting aquatic ecosystems in some areas, and may be degrading the quality of the overlying water to the extent that water quality criteria are exceeded and that uses of the water - by both aquatic life and humans - are impaired. Major sections of the report provide information on: (1) the nature of sediment contamination problems; (2) sources of contaminated sediments; (3) available responses to sediment contamination; and (4) an overview of sediment quality criteria, used to classify sediments as polluted or not. There are appendices.
"June 1987." "EPA-905/9-88-002." "Contract No. 68-01-6951." "Office of Water, Office of Water Regulations and Standards, Region 5." Microfiche.