Surface water samples were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and multiple cooperators during base flow/irrigation runoff and storm runoff conditions from 12 sites throughout California, over 2 consecutive years beginning in April 2015, from both urban and agriculturally dominated watersheds. Water samples were analyzed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and liquid chromatrography/tandem mass spectrometry for a suite of 157 pesticides and degradates. Suspended sediments associated with these water samples were analyzed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry for a suite of 131 pesticides and degradates. Overall, 85 pesticides and degradates were detected in the water: 32 fungicides, 25 herbicides, 27 insecticides, and 1 synergist. In the suspended sediment, 29 pesticides were detected: 9 fungicides, 10 herbicides, and 10 insecticides. Sixteen pesticides (bifenthrin, carbendazim, chlorpyrifos, clothianidin, diazinon, diuron, fenpyroximate, fipronil, fipronil sulfone, fluopicolide, imidacloprid, metolachlor, novaluron, oxyflurofen, permethrin, and simazine) were detected in the water at concentrations that were above at least one aquatic life benchmark value as defined by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.
|Title||Detections of current-use pesticides at 12 surface water sites in California during a 2-year period beginning in 2015|
|Authors||Corey Sanders, James L. Orlando, Michelle L. Hladik|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Data Series|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||California Water Science Center|