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Contamination of the freshwater ecosystem by pesticides

June 1, 1966

A large part of our disquieting present-day pesticide problem is intimately tied to the freshwater ecosystem. Economic poisons are used in so many types of terrain to control so many kinds of organisms that almost all lakes and streams are likely to be contaminated. In addition to accidental contamination many pesticides are deliberately applied directly to fresh waters for suppression of aquatic animals or plants. The problem is intensified because of the extreme susceptibility of freshwater organisms. The complexity of freshwater environments and their variety makes it difficult to comprehend the total effect of pesticides.

Publication Year 1966
Title Contamination of the freshwater ecosystem by pesticides
DOI 10.2307/2401442
Authors Oliver B. Cope
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Applied Ecology
Index ID 70171214
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Columbia Environmental Research Center