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An assessment of two decades of contaminant monitoring in the nation's coastal zone
  • Published Date:
    2008
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An  assessment of two decades of contaminant monitoring in the nation's coastal zone
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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Ocean Service., Coastal Monitoring and Bioeffects Assessment Division, ; National Status and Trends Program (U.S.) ;
  • Series:
    NOAA technical memorandum NOS NCCOS ; 74
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  • Description:
    Background -- Program design -- Contaminants -- Chemical behavior -- Data analysis and interpretation -- Status -- trends -- Results -- Reader's guide -- National summary -- Trace metal and organic contaminant status and trends -- Arsenic -- Cadmium -- Copper -- Lead -- Mercury -- Nickel -- Tin -- Zinc -- Butyltins -- Chlordanes -- DDTs -- Dieldrins -- PAHs -- PCBs --- References -- Appendix 1: Selected Mussel Watch Program publications -- Appendix 2: Results by state -- Appendix 3: Hawaii Trace metal and organic results -- Appendix 4: Puerto Rico trace metal and organic contaminant results

    Information found in this report covers the years 1986 through 2005. Mussel Watch began monitoring a suite of trace metals and organic contaminants such as DDT, PCBs and PAHs. Through time additional chemicals were added, and today approximately 140 analytes are monitored. The Mussel Watch Program is the longest running estuarine and coastal pollutant monitoring effort conducted in the United States that is national in scope each year. Hundreds of scientific journal articles and technical reports based on Mussel Watch data have been written; however, this report is the first that presents local, regional and national findings across all years in a Quick Reference format, suitable for use by policy makers, scientists, resource managers and the general public.

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