Contaminated Sediments in Freshwater Systems

Frank R. Spellman

September 13, 2016 by CRC Press
Reference - 373 Pages - 54 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498775175 - CAT# K29666

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  • Presents the state-of-the-art methods for assessing sediments
  • Includes an integration of physical, chemical, and biological information
  • Examines methods for the remediation of contaminated sediments
  • Provides guidance on the necessary elements of successful quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) programs
  • Includes information on site investigations, sampling, and analysis


Assessment of freshwater sediments can determine whether chemical concentrations are sufficient to cause adverse effects on aquatic organisms or organisms higher in the food chain, including humans. This book presents methods for assessing sediments and includes an integration of physical, chemical, and biological information. It examines the elements of quality assurance and control programs, considerations for the conduct of field surveys, screening-level analyses, chemical analyses, toxicity tests for assessing biological impacts, assessments of benthic invertebrate community structure, surveys of fish tumors and abnormalities, and data presentation and interpretation techniques.


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