Engineering and Environmental Study of DDT Contamination of Huntsville Spring Branch, Indian Creek, and Adjacent Lands and Waters, Wheeler Reservoir, Alabama. Volume 1. Summary.
Final contract rept. May 79-Nov 80,
WATER AND AIR RESEARCH INC GAINESVILLE FL
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DDT contamination in northeast Alabama near Triana, in the Tennessee River system including Wilson, Wheeler, and Guntersville Reservoirs has occurred because wastes containing DDT residues DDTR have migrated to receiving streams. In the area DDTR levels in fish exceed the 5 ppm limit set by the FDA for edible portions of fish. Evidence of human DDT contamination has been found in persons routinely consuming the fish. In the spring of 1979 an engineering and environmental study began to determine whether or not corrective action is required, and if so, the technical approach to such corrective action. The nature and extent of contamination have been defined, and engineering, economic, and environmental feasibility of alternative solutions have been evaluated. Study included extensive field and laboratory work. Data were gathered on fish, sediment, water, macroinvertebrates, plankton, aquatic plants, mammals, birds, and reptiles in the area. Additionally, efforts were made to secure all prior existing data. Volume 1 of this report contains a complete summary of the current situation and a description of alternatives for mitigating the problem.
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