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Title: Chemical and biological characterization of Black Rock Harbor dredged material
Authors: Environmental Research Laboratory (Narragansett, R.I.)
United States. Environmental Protection Agency.
Field Verification Program (Aquatic Disposal)
Rogerson, Peter F.
Schimmel, Steven Charles, 1946-
Hoffman, Gerald L.
Keywords: Dredging
Dredging spoil
Dredged material
Black Rock Harbor
Bridgeport
Connecticut
Marine sediments
Marine pollution
Aquatic pollution
Water quality
Aquatic biology
Environmental effects
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Black Rock Harbor, Bridgeport, Conn., dredged material contained substantial concentrations of both organic and inorganic contaminants, many of which were shown to be biologically available to the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, in a laboratory bioassay. Tissue PCB concentrations were 44% of the concentration found in the sediment (6800 ng/g), while tissue concentrations of parent polynuclear hydrocarbons were 28% of sediment concentrations that ranged up to 9800 ng/g . Also present in the sediment were Cu, Cr, Zn, Pb, Ni, Cd, and Hg at 2380, 1430, 1200, 380, 140, 23, and 1.7 μg/g, respectively. Of these, Cu, Cr, Pb, Ni, and Cd accumulated in the mussels. In acute solid phase toxicity tests, the sediment was lethal to only one of the eleven species tested, Ampelisca abdita, although behavioral changes were observed in two additional species, both infaunal species. No effect was noted with epibenthic or water column species in either solid phase or in combination with suspended particulate phase. This investigation is the first phase in developing field-verified bioassessment evaluations for the Corps of Engineers and the US Environmental Protection Agency regulatory program for dredged material disposal. This report is not suitable for regulatory purposes; however, appropriate assessment methodologies that are field verified will be available at the conclusion of this program.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11681/6440
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