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Use of sediment quality guidelines

January 1, 2005

Are sediment quality guidelines (SQGs) adequately able to predict the presence or absence of chronic toxicity to sediment-dwelling organisms in field-collected sediments? Can SQGs predict effects resulting from the bioaccumulation of sediment-associated contaminants? Do SQGs define cause-and-effect relationships? Can they predict effects on organisms exposed in the field on the basis of amphipod mortality measured in the laboratory?

These and other questions brought together 55 scientists from 8 countries for a Pellston Workshop convened by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in Fairmont, Montana, USA. In this book, these experts in ecology, ecotoxicology, engineering, environmental regulation, and risk assessment examine the scientific underpinnings of sediment quality guidelines and provide recommendations on the appropriate use of SQGs in the assessment and management of contaminated sediments.

Publication Year 2005
Title Use of sediment quality guidelines
Authors R. J. Wenning, G. E. Batley, Christopher G. Ingersoll, David W. Moore
Publication Type Book
Publication Subtype Monograph
Index ID 70187845
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Columbia Environmental Research Center