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POPS - PERSISTANT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS

IMG2633POPs are organic compounds that resist chemical, biological and photolytic degradation and therefore persist in the environment for decades. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and its degradation products (DDE & DDD) as well as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are probably the most well known of these pollutants.

Previous research on POPs has explored their presence and persistence in sediments of McGrath Lake (Ventura, CA) and the Salton Sea in order to assist California State agencies in developing effective management strategies for these water bodies.

POPS PUBLICATIONS

3) Anderson, M. A., J. L. Conkle, P. Pacheco, J. Gan. (2013). Use of hydroacoustic measurements to characterize bottom sediments and guide sampling and remediation of organic contaminants in lake sediments. Science of the Total Environment. 458-460: 117-124. PDF

2) Wang, W., L. Delgado-Moreno, J. L. Conkle, M. Anderson, C. Amrhein, Q. Ye, J. Gan. (2012). Characterization of sediment contamination patterns by hydrophobic pesticides to preserve ecosystem functions of drainage lakes. Journal of Soils Sediments 12(9): 1407-1418. PDF

1) Anderson, M., J. L. Conkle, J. Gan. (2012). Survey of organochlorine pesticides and PCBs in McGrath Lake. Final Report. California State Water Resources Control Board. PDF

Dr. Jeremy L. ConkleDepartment of Physical & Environmental SciencesTexas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi, TX 78412

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