Mary C. Reiley, William A. Stubblefield, William J. Adams, Dominic M. Di Toro, Peter V. Hodson, Russell J. Erickson, F. James Keating Jr, editors
A SETAC Pellston Workshop was held to determine whether current approaches for establishing and implementing water-quality criteria can be improved and whether development of different types of criteria can be harmonized. This book reflects the discussion and consensus of experts as they identified problems with the current approach, assessed recent advances, and recommended a system of 3 criteria types to incorporate risk assessment. Issues explored include what resources to protect, appropriate assessment and measurement endpoints, and level of protection to provide. This book highlights the state of the science and the areas that need investigation to support the 3-criteria system, and is likely to have a significant impact on how different criteria types are integrated, the research that will be conducted over the next decade, and the implementation of water-quality protection programs.
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Water-quality criteria (WQC) were first developed in the 1950s and have emerged as primary tools for managing surfacewater quality. Since then, the science of aquatic toxicology and chemistry has developed rapidly, as have methods to derive WQC that protect numerous organisms and endpoints.
Now, there is a need to integrate and harmonize approaches for developing criteria for water, sediments, and tissues. Those issues prompted 50 experts from North America, Europe, and New Zealand to determine whether current approaches for establishing and implementing WQC can be improved and harmonized. Representing academia, government, and industry, these scientists identified problems with the current approach, assessed recent advances in environmental toxicology and chemistry, and recommended a 3-level system for broadly applicable and site-specific criteria.
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