Characterizing Coastal Pollution Sources: Lessons Learned by the National Coastal Pollutant Discharge Inventory Program

by Daniel R. G. Farrow, Natl Oceanic annd Atomospheric, Administration, Silver Spring, United States,
Percy A. Pacheco, Natl Oceanic annd Atomospheric, Administration, Silver Spring, United States,
Anthony S. Pait, Natl Oceanic annd Atomospheric, Administration, Silver Spring, United States,
Jamison A. Lowe, Natl Oceanic annd Atomospheric, Administration, Silver Spring, United States,
Alice E. DeSouza, Natl Oceanic annd Atomospheric, Administration, Silver Spring, United States,
Manyu Swain, Natl Oceanic annd Atomospheric, Administration, Silver Spring, United States,
Sheila J. Arenstam, Natl Oceanic annd Atomospheric, Administration, Silver Spring, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93

Abstract: The past ten years, NOAA has been developing and refining its capabilities to inventory and estimate pollutant discharges form point and nonpoint sources located in the Nation's coastal watersheds as part of its National Coastal Pollutant Discharge Inventory (NCPDI) Program. This paper will discuss the need for a national pollution source characterization capability, how the NCPDI can best be use, factors limiting source characterization, and future improvements in the Program.

Subject Headings: Pollution | Inventories | Sea water | Pollutants | Water discharge | Watersheds | Coastal environment | Federal government

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