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Sediment Quality Assessment of the Southern Strait of Georgia, 2006: Spatial/Temporal Sediment Monitoring Element of the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program

 
Publication number Date Published
12-03-001February 2012
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Author(s) Partridge, V., E. Long, S. Weakland, K. Welch, and M. Dutch
Description In 2006 Ecology surveyed sediment quality in the embayments along the southern Strait of Georgia. The study characterized region-wide sediment quality and determined whether sediment quality had changed since a similar survey in 1997. Measurements of sediment chemistry, toxicity, and invertebrate community structure at 40 randomly selected stations indicated that:
*Overall, chemical contamination declined.
*Sediment toxicity results were mixed, with little net change.
*Benthic invertebrate community health worsened significantly.
*High sediment quality decreased region-wide, and intermediate sediment quality increased.

Appendices B through I are available in the data supplement file linked above.
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Keywords assessment, benthic, monitoring, Puget Sound, sediment, standards, toxic, trend
WEB PAGE Marine Sediment Monitoring
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Areas
(WRIA 01,WRIA 03,WRIA PS)
DATA Environmental Information Management (EIM) #PSAMP_SP

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