Activity-Based Evaluation of Potential Bioaccumulation from Sediments

by Victor Alan McFarland, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Environmental, Lab, Vicksburg, MS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


Sediment bioaccumulation potential evaluations can be improved by a two-level approach. Chemical analysis of sediment interpreted using phase-activity considerations in first-level evaluations would serve as a screen to separate sediments having low potential for bioaccumulation of neutral chemicals from those having high potential. Level-II evaluation, if considered necessary, could then be accomplished using established biological methods to refine the evaluation made in Level-I. 11 refs.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Chemicals | Dredged materials | Biological processes | Environmental issues

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