Accession Number : AD0722791

Title :   The Marine Disposal of Sewage Sludge and Dredge Spoil in the Waters of the New York Bight,

Corporate Author : WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MASS

Personal Author(s) : Horne,R. A. ; Mahler,A. J. ; Rossello,R. C.

Report Date : 29 JAN 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 163

Abstract : The dumping of sewer sludge and dredge spoil in the waters of the New York Bight and the effect of this waste disposal practice on the marine environment is reviewed. The quantities and composition of these wastes are described, together with their physical, chemical and biological effects on the environment. At the center of the sludge dump, the bearing capacity of the waters has been exceeded, and an anoxic bottom area devoid of life formed. Both spoil and sludge contain large quantities of toxic heavy metals, and the spoil also contains large quantities of petrochemicals and pesticides. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*WATER POLLUTION, *SEWAGE), (*MARINE BIOLOGY, WATER POLLUTION), (*NEW YORK, WATER POLLUTION), OCEAN CURRENTS, SALINITY, NITRATES, PHOSPHATES, METALS, HYDROCARBONS, PESTICIDES, FISHES, SHELLFISH, TOXICITY, ECOLOGY

Subject Categories : Biological Oceanography
      Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE