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Agenda Item 3 Causes of Toxicity 2007-2008 Amphipod TIE Study UC Davis - Granite Canyon Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory SFEI.

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1 Agenda Item 3 Causes of Toxicity Amphipod TIE Study UC Davis - Granite Canyon Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory SFEI

2 Specific Questions to be Addressed in the Next Five Years What are the spatial and temporal patterns of impacts of sediment contamination on benthic biota? What are the spatial and temporal patterns of impacts of sediment contamination on benthic biota? Which pollutants are responsible for observed impacts on benthic biota? Which pollutants are responsible for observed impacts on benthic biota? Are the toxicity tests, benthic community assessment approaches, and the overall SQO assessment framework we are using reliable indicators of impacts on benthic biota? Are the toxicity tests, benthic community assessment approaches, and the overall SQO assessment framework we are using reliable indicators of impacts on benthic biota?

3 Specific Questions to be Addressed in the Next Five Years. Which pollutants are responsible for observed impacts on benthic biota? Which pollutants are responsible for observed impacts on benthic biota?.

4 EEPS Planning

5 Major Elements for the Next Five Years Status and Trends Monitoring Status and Trends Monitoring Causes of Sediment Impacts Causes of Sediment Impacts Understanding and Improving Sediment Assessment Tools Understanding and Improving Sediment Assessment Tools

6 Project Goals Verify and improve newly-developed sediment TIE methods for the estuarine amphipod Eohausorius estuarius. Verify and improve newly-developed sediment TIE methods for the estuarine amphipod Eohausorius estuarius.

7 Sampling Locations

8 Mission Creek Whole Sediment

9 Mission Creek Interstitial 1 NA <1 U-NH3 LC50

10 Sediment Chemistry Highlights Ambient sediment chemicals were below threshold limits Ambient sediment chemicals were below threshold limits Sediment contained a complex mixture of chemicals Sediment contained a complex mixture of chemicals SQGQ = 21.3 (Fairey et al. 2001) – 6.9 without chlordane (toxicity expected at >3.5) SQGQ = 21.3 (Fairey et al. 2001) – 6.9 without chlordane (toxicity expected at >3.5) Some evidence of PAH toxicity – R. abronius LC50 exceeded and models predict small contribution Some evidence of PAH toxicity – R. abronius LC50 exceeded and models predict small contribution

11 Tox. WG 2009 Proposal Develop more LC50 data Continue work on the amphipod TIE methods Develop a strategy to further address the causes of toxicity in moderately toxic sediments through a workgroup process.


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