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Study by USGS shows sediment concentration found in rivers lower than average

April 11, 2012
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RESTON, Va. — According to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), almost all the sediment-associated chemical concentrations found in 131 of the nation''s rivers that drain to the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts are lower than worldwide averages, according to a press release.

These coastal rivers are a significant pathway for the delivery of sediment-associated chemicals to the world’s coastal zones and oceans, noted the release.

“I hope that the results of this new study will remind everyone that it is not only river water that can transport chemicals and pollutants, but also the associated sediment load,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Our citizens expect high environmental quality as compared with worldwide averages, but clean water alone will not suffice if river sediments are host to toxic heavy metals and concentrated organics that can produce dead zones.”

To read the entire press release, click here.

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