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Investigations - Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Environment

National Streambed-Sediment Reconnaissance

Collection of streambed sediment

Collection of streambed sediment

Collection of streambed sediment

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During 2002, a systematic examination of approximately 30 bottom sediment and associated overlying water-column samples were collected across 12 states to determine the relative presence of pharmaceuticals and other Emerging contaminants in these two environmental media. Preliminary results indicate that sediment is an important potential reservoir for emerging contaminants and needs to be considered when examining environmental occurrence, fate, transport, and exposures.

Available Publications

Furlong, E.T., Ferrer, I., Glassmeyer, S., Cahill, J.D., Zaugg, S.D, Kolpin, D.W., and Kryak, D., 2003, Distributions of organic wastewater contaminants between water and sediment in surface-water samples of the United States: in Proceedings of the 3rd International conference on pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupting chemicals in water, Minneapolis, Minn., National Ground Water Association, March 19-21, 2003, CD-ROM, p. 60-62.

More Information

  • Project contact: Ed Furlong

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