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MacDonald D.D.,MacDonald Environmental science Ltd. and 24 4800 Island Highway North | Ingersoll C.G.,Columbia Environmental Research Center | Smorong D.E.,MacDonald Environmental science Ltd. and 24 4800 Island Highway North | Sinclair J.A.,MacDonald Environmental science Ltd. and 24 4800 Island Highway North | And 6 more authors.
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology | Year: 2011

Three sets of effects-based sediment-quality guidelines (SQGs) were evaluated to support the selection of sediment-quality benchmarks for assessing risks to benthic invertebrates in the Calcasieu Estuary, Louisiana. These SQGs included probable effect concentrations (PECs), effects range median values (ERMs), and logistic regression model (LRMs)-based T50 values. The results of this investigation indicate that all three sets of SQGs tend to underestimate sediment toxicity in the Calcasieu Estuary (i.e., relative to the national data sets), as evaluated using the results of 10-day toxicity tests with the amphipod, Hyalella azteca, or Ampelisca abdita, and 28-day whole-sediment toxicity tests with the H. azteca. These results emphasize the importance of deriving site-specific toxicity thresholds for assessing risks to benthic invertebrates. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source


MacDonald D.D.,MacDonald Environmental science Ltd. and 24 4800 Island Highway North | Ingersoll C.G.,Columbia Environmental Research Center | Kemble N.E.,Columbia Environmental Research Center | Smorong D.E.,MacDonald Environmental science Ltd. and 24 4800 Island Highway North | And 11 more authors.
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology | Year: 2011

The sediments in the Calcasieu Estuary are contaminated with a wide variety of chemicals of potential concern (COPCs), including heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, phthalates, chlorinated benzenes, and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans. The sources of these COPCs include both point and non-point source discharges. As part of a baseline ecological risk assessment, the risks to benthic invertebrates posed by exposure to sediment-associated COPCs were assessed using five lines of evidence, including whole-sediment chemistry, pore-water chemistry, whole-sediment toxicity, pore-water toxicity, and benthic invertebrate community structure. The results of this assessment indicated that exposure to whole sediments and/or pore water from the Calcasieu Estuary generally posed low risks to benthic invertebrate communities (i.e., risks were classified as low for 68% of the sampling locations investigated). However, incremental risks to benthic invertebrates (i.e., compared with those associated with exposure to conditions in reference areas) were indicated for 32% of the sampling locations within the estuary. Of the three areas of concern (AOCs) investigated, the risks to benthic invertebrates were highest in the Bayou d'Inde AOC; risks were generally lower in the Upper Calcasieu River AOC and Middle Calcasieu River AOC. The areas showing the highest risks to sediment-dwelling organisms were generally located in the vicinity of point source discharges of COPCs. These results provided risk managers with the information required to make decisions regarding the need for remedial actions at the site. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source

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