Magnitude and extent of sediment toxicity in selected estuaries of South Carolina and Georgia

Long, Edward R. and Scott, Geoffrey I. and Kucklick, John and Fulton, Michael and Thompson, Brian and Carr, R. Scott and Biedenbach, James and Scott, K. John and Thursby, Glen B. and Chandler, G. Thomas and Anderson, Jack W. and Sloane, Gail M. (1998) Magnitude and extent of sediment toxicity in selected estuaries of South Carolina and Georgia. Silver Spring, MD, NOAA/National Ocean Service/Office of Ocean Resources Conservation and Assessment, (NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS ORCA, 128)

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Abstract

Toxic chemicals can enter the marine environment through numerous routes: stormwater runoff, industrial point source discharges, municipal wastewater discharges, atmospheric deposition, accidental spills, illegal dumping, pesticide applications and agricultural practices. Once they enter a receiving system, toxicants often become bound to suspended particles and increase in density sufficiently to sink to the bottom. Sediments are one of the major repositories of contaminants in aquatic envronments. Furthermore, if they become sufficiently contaminated sediments can act as sources of toxicants to important biota. Sediment quality data are direct indicators of the health of coastal aquatic habitats. Sediment quality investigations conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others have indicated that toxic chemicals are found in the sediments and biota of some estuaries in South Carolina and Georgia (NOAA, 1992). This report documents the toxicity of sediments collected within five selected estuaries: Savannah River, Winyah Bay, Charleston Harbor, St. Simons Sound, and Leadenwah Creek (Figure 1). (PDF contains 292 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Magnitude and extent of sediment toxicity in selected estuaries of South Carolina and Georgia
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Long, Edward R.
Scott, Geoffrey I.
Kucklick, John
Fulton, MichaelMike.Fulton@noaa.gov
Thompson, Brian
Carr, R. Scott
Biedenbach, James
Scott, K. John
Thursby, Glen B.
Chandler, G. Thomas
Anderson, Jack W.
Sloane, Gail M.
Series Name: NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS ORCA
Number: 128
Date: 1998
Publisher: NOAA/National Ocean Service/Office of Ocean Resources Conservation and Assessment
Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD
Issuing Agency: United States National Ocean Service
Subjects: Ecology
Chemistry
Environment
Item ID: 2226
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 23:19
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:25
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2226

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