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Title: Sediment-water interactions and contaminants in Corps of Engineers reservoir projects
Authors: University of Virginia. Department of Environmental Sciences.
Water Quality Research Program (U.S.)
Environmental and Water Quality Operational Studies (U.S.)
Gunnison, Douglas.
Brannon, James M.
Mills, Aaron L.
Blum, Linda K.
Keywords: Adsorption
Microbial degradation
Reservoir ecology
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Contaminants in Corps of Engineers (CE) reservoir and waterway projects have caused problems in the past. The potential for these contaminants to cause additional problems has increased as more sophisticated water quality sampling programs and analyses have been adopted by field offices. Contaminant-sediment-water interactions are major mechanisms determining contaminant levels in project waters and availability of contaminants for biological uptake. This report examines the literature on sediment-water interactions and contaminant processes with respect to the unique conditions present in reservoirs. The report also examines the results of CE District surveys conducted to determine the nature and magnitude of contaminant problems in reservoir projects. Recommendations for future investigations are made based on the frequency of contaminant occurrence in CE projects and the major mechanisms for contaminant interactions with sediment and water.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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