Accession Number : AD0766721

Title :   Ocean Dumping in the New York Bight: An Assessment of Environmental Studies.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : ARMY COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Pararas-Carayannis,George

Report Date : MAY 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 172

Abstract : The report summarizes short-term studies on effects of ocean dumping in the New York Bight. The studies included hydrographic, geological, chemical, biological investigations, and a feasibility study for a remote-controlled electronic sensing system to detect the location and dump status of waste disposal vessels. Circulation patterns were estimated by current meters and by seabed and surface drifters. Chemical analyses were made of the concentration of phosphorus, nitrate, total iron, dissolved oxygen, and chlorophyll-a. Temperature, salinity, turbidity and pH were measured. Sediment samples were analyzed for organic content and the heavy metals; and biological samples for heavy metals and mercury. Included are studies of benthic meiofauna and macrofauna, zooplankton, finfish and bacteria and disposal of sewage sludge, dredge spoils and acid-iron wastes. Findings are presented and analyzed for impact on ecology, water quality, and total environmental effects. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEANS, *WASTES(SANITARY ENGINEERING)), (*WATER POLLUTION, OCEANS), MARINE BIOLOGY, CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, SEWAGE, OCEAN BOTTOM TOPOGRAPHY, ORGANIC MATERIALS, FISHES, METALS, BACTERIA, PHOSPHATES, NITRATES, OCEAN CURRENTS, NEW YORK

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE