NOAA, Bioassessment Techniques and the Superfund Processby Donald A. MacDonald, Natl Oceanic and Atomospheric, Administration, Seattle, United States,
Alyce T. Fritz, Natl Oceanic and Atomospheric, Administration, Seattle, United States,
Abstract: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) assessments of SUperfund sites require an evaluation of whether contaminants are present in an aquatic environment of concern, and an indication of whether they are bioavailable and have the potential for adversely impacting NOAA trust resources. Since chemistry data alone is insufficient to answer these questions, NOAA uses data from various bioassessment techniques. By analyzing the data from suites of these techniques NOAA can evaluate the extent and severity of impact to its trust resources, determine the extent of areas needing remediation, and recommend appropriate remediation technologies.
Subject Headings: Federal government | Biological processes | Remediation | Water pollution | Waste sites | Site investigation | Pollutants | Aquatic habitats
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