This report, which addresses the third element of the initiative, describes the development and evaluation of numerical SQAGs that are intended to support the assessments of sediment quality conditions in Florida inland waters, including effects-based SQAGs and bioaccumulation-based SQAGs. The effects-based SQAGs are intended to provide a means of determining the concentrations of sediment-associated contaminants that are unlikely to be associated with adverse biological effects and those that are likely to be associated with sediment toxicity or other adverse effects on sediment-dwelling organisms. By comparison, the bioaccumulation-based SQAGs are intended to identify the concentrations of sedimentassociated contaminants that are unlikely to be associated with adverse effects on aquatic dependent wildlife and/or human health.
June 22, 2021 - 3:22pm
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