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Sediment quality of the NY/NJ Harbor system. Final report.
An investigation under the Regional Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (REMAP)

Darvene A. Adams1, Joel S. O'Connor2, and Stephen B. Weisberg3
1998. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2, Edison, NJ. EPA/902/R-98/001.

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This project was designed to support resource management decisions related to pollution control and remediation throughout the NY-NJ Harbor and Bight Apex and to assist the Harbor Estuary Program (HEP) in developing a contaminant monitoring strategy to be followed as part of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the NY-NJ Harbor system. This investigation was designed around several objectives:

Objective 1. Estimate with known confidence the percent of area in each of six major sub-basins of the NY-NJ Harbor system in which the benthic environment is "degraded", "not degraded", or "not evidently degraded" with respect to benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages, sediment toxicity, and concentrations of sediment contaminants.

Objective 2. Identify statistical associations among particular chemical contaminants and degraded benthos or toxic sediments.

Objective 3. Develop and validate a managerially useful index of benthic quality for the NY/NJ Harbor system, based on the condition of benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages.

1 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2, Edison, NJ
2 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2, New York, NY
3 Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, Westminster, CA

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