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Surface-water-quality assessment of the Yakima River basin in Washington; spatial and temporal distribution of trace elements in water, sediment, and aquatic biota, 1987-91; with a section on geology

Water Supply Paper 2354-A

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Abstract

The report describes the distribution of trace elements in sediment, water, and aquatic biota in the Yakima River basin, Washington. Trace elements were determined from streambed sediment, suspended sediment, filtered and unfiltered water samples, aquatic insects, clams, fish livers, and fish fillets between 1987 and 1991. The distribution of trace elements in these media was related to local geology and anthropogenic sources. Additionally, annual and instantaneous loads were estimated for trace elements associated with suspended sediment and trace elements in filtered water samples. Trace elements also were screened against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines established for the protection of human health and aquatic life.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Surface-water-quality assessment of the Yakima River basin in Washington; spatial and temporal distribution of trace elements in water, sediment, and aquatic biota, 1987-91; with a section on geology
Series title:
Water Supply Paper
Series number:
2354
Chapter:
A
ISBN:
0607895322
Year Published:
1999
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. G.P.O.
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Description:
x, 186 p.
Number of Pages:
196