Pesticde use in agriculture and non-agriculture settings has increased dramatically over the last several decades. Concern about adverse effects on the environment and human health has spurred an enormous amount of research into their environmental behavior and fate. Pesticides in Surface Waters presents a comprehensive summary of this research.
This book evaluates published studies that focus on measuring pesticide concentration. The studies chosen include peer reviewed scientific literature, government reports, laboratory studies, and those using microcosms and artificial streams and ponds. The authors used this information to develop their overview of pesticide contamination of surface waters.
The exhaustive compilation of data along with the fundamental science make this book essential for those involved in pesticide use, environmental protection, water quality, and human or ecological risk assessment. Pesticides in Surface Waters covers the results of actual studies, sources of pesticides to surface water, fate and transport, and environmental significance. Hundreds of data-packed tables, maps, charts, and drawings illustrate the key points, making research and application easy and cost effective.
Table of Contents
Characteristics of Studies Reviewed
General Design Features
Analytical Limits of Detection
Influence of Study Design
Overview of Occurrence and Distribution of Pesticides in Relation to Use
National Pesticide Use
Occurrence and Distribution in Relation to Use
Long-Term Trends in Pesticide Occurrence in Surface Waters
Factors Controlling the Behavior and Fate of Pesticides in Surface Waters
Sources of Pesticides in Surface Waters
Behavior and Fate of Pesticides in Surface Waters
Analysis of Key Topics - Sources, Behavior, and Transport
Seasonal Patterns of Pesticide Occurrence
Sources and Concentrations of Pesticides in Remote Water Bodies
Impact of Urban-Use Pesticides on Surface Water Quality
Impact of Forestry-Use Pesticides on Surface Water Quality
Pesticide Transformation Products in Surface Waters
Modeling of Pesticides in Surface Waters
Analysis of Key Topics - Environmental Significance
Implications for Human Health
Implications for Health of Aquatic Organisms
Environmental Significance of Pesticide Transformation Products in Surface Waters
Summary and Conclusions
Appendix: Glossary of Common and Chemical Names of Pesticides
"...An excellent compilation...a required reference book for anyone planning a study of pesticides in surface water..."
- James Seiber, Center for Environmental Studies, University of Nevada