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Methods used to characterize the chemical composition and biological activity of environmental waters throughout the United States, 2012-14

Open-File Report 2017-1011

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171011

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  • Document: Report (13.9 MB pdf)
  • Table: Table 3 (209 KB xlsx) Compound information for analyses performed by various laboratories for the U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program, Chemical Mixtures Pilot Study, November 2012–June 2014
  • Data Release: USGS data release Inorganic and organic concentration data collected from 38 streams in the United States, 2012–2014, with supporting data, as part of the Chemical Mixtures and Environmental Effects Pilot Study"
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Abstract

A vast array of chemical compounds are in wide commercial use in the United States, and the potential ecological and human-health effect of exposure to chemical mixtures has been identified as a high priority in environment health science. Awareness of the potential effects of low-level chemical exposures is rising. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, conducted a study in which samples were collected from 38 streams in 25 States to provide an overview of contaminants found in stream water across the Nation. Additionally, biological screening assays were used to help determine any potential ecological and human-health effects of these chemical mixtures and to prioritize target chemicals for future toxicological studies. This report describes the site locations and the sampling and analytical methods and quality-assurance procedures used in the study.

Suggested Citation

Romanok, K.M., Reilly, T.J., Barber, Larry, Boone, Scott, Buxton, H.T., Foreman, W.T., Furlong, E.T., Hladik, Michelle, Iwanowicz, L.R., Journey, Celeste, Kolpin, D.W., Kuivila, Kathryn, Loftin, K.A., Mills, M.A., Meyer, M.T., Orlando, J.L., Smalling, K.L., Villeneuve, D.L., and Bradley, P.M., 2017, Methods used to characterize the chemical composition and biological activity of environmental waters throughout the United States, 2012–14: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1011, 105 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171011.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments 
  • Abstract 
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control 
  • Results
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Example of protocols provided to field personnel for the preparation, collection, processing, and shipping of samples collected for the Toxic Substances Hydrology Program, Chemical Mixtures Pilot Study, November 2012–June 2014. 
  • Appendix 2. Site-specific pages containing site, sampling, and other basin information as well as physical parameter and inorganic chemical data collected at each site.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Methods used to characterize the chemical composition and biological activity of environmental waters throughout the United States, 2012-14
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2017-1011
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20171011
Year Published:
2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
South Atlantic Water Science Center
Description:
Report: x, 105 p.; 1 Table; Data release
Country:
United States
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y