American Society of Civil Engineers

NOAA, Bioassessment Techniques and the Superfund Process

by Donald A. MacDonald, (Natl Oceanic and Atomospheric, Administration, Seattle, United States) and Alyce T. Fritz, (Natl Oceanic and Atomospheric, Administration, Seattle, United States)

pp. 956-970

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Coastal Zone ’93
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.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Federal agencies
Chemical properties
Coastal environment
Hazardous wastes
Environmental issues
Waste sites

Author Keywords:
Water pollution control
Coastal engineering - Contamination
Bioassessment - Remediation technologies - Superfund process