Contaminated Sediments

Sediments contaminated with toxic chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals, and metalloids can be found in marine and estuarine bays, harbors, lakes, wetlands, and rivers. SERDP and ESTCP are addressing a wide variety of issues relevant to managing contaminated sediments in place and assessing the processes that govern ecological and human health risks.

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Processes, Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediments

Reference Book

This reference book published by Springer is to help engineers and scientists better understand contaminated sediment sites and identify and design remedial approaches that are more efficient and effective. Contaminated sediment management is a difficult and costly exercise that is rarely addressed with easily identified and implemented remedies. It is hoped that this book can help identify and implement management approaches that provide an optimal, if not entirely satisfactory, solution to sediment contaminant problems.‚Äč

Jan 2014

Monitored Natural Recovery at Contaminated Sediment Sites


This document is a technical guide for project managers and management teams evaluating and implementing monitored natural recovery (MNR) at contaminated sediment sites. It establishes principles and evaluation criteria for MNR use as a remedial option and provides a framework for the design, implementation, and monitoring of MNR.

Aug 2009

Rapid Sediment Characterization (RSC) Tools


This Navy site provides an overview of several RSC tools that measure chemical, biological, or physical parameters on a near real-time basis. Implementing RSC methods at different stages during a site investigation can help focus sampling requirements.

Dec 2006

Benthic Flux Sampling Device


This Navy site provides a deployment video, as well as background information on the operation and capabilities of the Benthic Flux Sampling Device 2, a remotely operated instrument for in situ measurement of the exchange rate of contaminants and other biochemical compounds across the sediment-water interface.

Oct 2004