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Estimation of PCB Loads from the Black River Basin to Lake Ontario, NY

The objective of this project is to conduct a demonstration project   to evaluate the feasibility of estimating loads of polychlorinated-  biphenyls from a New York tributary to Lake Ontario using surrogate   constituents that are much less expensive to analyze --   specifically, suspended sediment (SS), total particulate nitrogen   (TPN), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), and particulate organic   carbon (POC).    This project will determine the feasibility of estimating tributary   loads of PCBs using relatively inexpensive surrogate constituents   (SS, DOC, POC). Direct monitoring of the PCBs is prohibitively   expensive, because of their low concentrations and specialized   analytical requirements. A successful outcome of this project will   produce load estimates for PCBs that are more reliable than those   currently available. The loading data will provide necessary input   to the Lake Ontario Mass Balance Model, and enhance its utility as a   tool to guide remedial efforts for Lake Ontario as part of the Lake   Ontario LaMP within the Great Lakes Program. Ultimately, it should   contribute to better understanding of the Lake Ontario ecosystem,   particularly for toxic pollutants that restrict fish consumption. A   successful demonstration may also show the feasibility of the   approach to other tributary rivers to the Great Lakes. Although this   project focuses on the feasibility of using surrogate constituents   to evaluate tributary loads of PCB congeners, it may ultimately be   applied as well to other priority pollutants -- such as dieldrin,   DDT, and mirex.     (PCB); (polychlorinated biphenyls); (polychlorinated biphenyl);   (toxic organic); (toxic organics); (POP's); (POPs); (POP);   (persistent organic chemical); (persistent organic chemicals);   (chemical of concern); (chemicals of concern); (sediment);   (sediments); (Lake Ontario); (LaMP); (lakewide management plan);   (lakewide management plans); (fish consumption); (restrictions on   fish consumption)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Peter R. RichardsPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 1 projects
David EckhardtResearcher
Associated with 1 projects
Frederick LuckeyResearcher
Associated with 1 projects
Agencies
Environmental Protection Agency $ 110,000.00USDEstimates

Funding 21 projects for a total of $7,345,444.00

Funding 15 projects for a total of $273,800.00
Environment Canada $ 0.00CADEstimates

Funding 10 projects for a total of $158,600.00

Funding 2 projects for a total of $100,000.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Biochemical
Ecosystem
Physical/Chemical
Impact of Pollutants
Toxic Organics
Resource Management
Fisheries
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Ontario
Out of Basin
State Province
New York
Region Being Monitored
Tributary Mouth
Resource Being Monitored
Human Health
Program Drivers
Lakewide Management Plans (LaMP)
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Restrictions of Fish and Wildlife Consumption
Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Populations
Annex Numbers
Contaminated Sediment
Persistent Toxic Substances
Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
Specific Objectives for toxic substances and effluents
Surveillance and Monitoring
General
Monitoring
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Contaminated Sediment
    Persistent Toxic Substances
    Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
    Specific Objectives for toxic substances and effluents
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17

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