Accession Number:

ADA165124

Title:

Toxins in the Vicinity of the Proposed Norfolk Disposal Site.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. for period ending Nov 84,

Corporate Author:

OLD DOMINION UNIV NORFOLK VA APPLIED MARINE RESEARCH LAB

Report Date:

1985-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

Dredging activities are considered essential to the functioning of most ports in maintaining navigational channels. The question most frequently addressed concerns where to dispose the dredged material with the least possible ecological impact. A great deal of interest is being focused on the feasibilty of open ocean disposal of dredged materials as an ecologically sound alternative to onshore disposal. This project represents an overview of a portion of an on-going multidisciplinary program initiated by the Ocean Dumping Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers COE. Its purpose is to assess the potential ecological impact of open ocean disposal of materials dredged from Hampton Roads, Virginia, a highly industralized seaport. Since 1981, investigators associated with the Applied Marine Research Laboratory at Old Dominion University have conducted extensive analytical testing to assess the chemical, geological and biological patterns at the disposal site under baseline conditions, so that models could be developed for future trend assessment studies. The major focus of this paper concerns the overall findings of chemical toxins heavy metals, chlorinated hydrocarbons, and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons in water, sediment and tissue samples from the Norfolk Disposal Site Baseline Monitoring Program.

Subject Categories:

  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
  • Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE