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Title: Instream biological assessment of NPDES point source discharges at the Savannah River Site, 1997-1998

Abstract

The Savannah River Site currently has 33 permitted NPDES outfalls that have been permitted by the South Carolina Department of Health an Environmental Control to discharge to SRS streams and the Savannah River. In order to determine the cumulative impacts of these discharges to the receiving streams, a study plan was developed to perform in-stream assessments of the fish assemblages, macroinvertebrate assemblages, and habitats of the receiving streams.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
752020
Report Number(s):
WSRC-TR-98-00321
TRN: US0002691
DOE Contract Number:
AC09-96SR18500
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 28 Feb 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGANISMS AND BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS; SAVANNAH RIVER PLANT; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; POINT POLLUTANT SOURCES; WATER POLLUTION; STREAMS; SAVANNAH RIVER; BIOLOGICAL INDICATORS; AQUATIC ORGANISMS

Citation Formats

Specht, W.L. Instream biological assessment of NPDES point source discharges at the Savannah River Site, 1997-1998. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.2172/752020.
Specht, W.L. Instream biological assessment of NPDES point source discharges at the Savannah River Site, 1997-1998. United States. doi:10.2172/752020.
Specht, W.L. Mon . "Instream biological assessment of NPDES point source discharges at the Savannah River Site, 1997-1998". United States. doi:10.2172/752020. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/752020.
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