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OCEAN DUMPING IN THE NEW YORK BIGHT - AN ASSESSMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

George Pararas-Carayannis

Comprehensive Assessment of Baseline Environmental Impact of Ocean Dumping in the New York Bight

Technical memo 39. U.S. ARMY COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER WASHINGTON D C
MAY 1973. Full Report (172 Pages, 7.2 MB) available from the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)

or contact author by email at drgeorgepc@yahoo.comdfor electronic copy of the report

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ABSTRACT: The report summarizes short-term studies on effects of ocean dumping in the New York Bight. The studies included hydrographic, geological, chemical, biological investigations, and a feasibility study for a remote-controlled electronic sensing system to detect the location and dump status of waste disposal vessels. Circulation patterns were estimated by current meters and by seabed and surface drifters. Chemical analyses were made of the concentration of phosphorus, nitrate, total iron, dissolved oxygen, and chlorophyll-a. Temperature, salinity, turbidity and pH were measured. Sediment samples were analyzed for organic content and the heavy metals; and biological samples for heavy metals and mercury. Included are studies of benthic meiofauna and macrofauna, zooplankton, finfish and bacteria and disposal of sewage sludge, dredge spoils and acid-iron wastes. Findings are presented and analyzed for impact on ecology, water quality, and total environmental effects. (Author)


Descriptors / Key Words: (*OCEANS, *WASTES(SANITARY ENGINEERING)), (*WATER POLLUTION, OCEANS), MARINE BIOLOGY, CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, SEWAGE, OCEAN BOTTOM TOPOGRAPHY, ORGANIC MATERIALS, FISHES, METALS, BACTERIA, PHOSPHATES, NITRATES, OCEAN CURRENTS, NEW YORK
Subject Categories : PHYSICAL AND DYNAMIC OCEANOGRAPHY, WATER POLLUTION AND CONTROL

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