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Sediment Guidelines Index

Sampling dredge filled with sediment.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been involved with assessment of sediment quality data for over three decades. In contrast to surface waters and groundwaters, sediments have no federal or state standards or criteria. In the absence of standards, Florida has produced guidance documents to assist scientists and managers in interpreting sediment quality data.


Marine/Estuarine Guidelines: Leaf debris being removed from a sediment core sample using Teflon forceps.

  • 1994 Florida Sediment Quality Assessment Guidelines (SQAGs)

  • A Guide To The Interpretation Of Metal Concentrations In Estuarine Sediments

  • Florida Coastal Sediments Contaminants Atlas 

  • Florida Coastal Sediment Contaminants Atlas: Technical Volume

Freshwater Guidelines:

  • Interpretative Tool for the Assessment of Metal Enrichment in Florida Freshwater Sediment

  • Development and Evaluation of Numerical Sediment Quality Assessment Guidelines for Florida Inland Waters

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August 21, 2023 - 4:39pm

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