An aquatic risk assessment of ethion and bromacil inputs to the C-25 Canal and Indian River Lagoon

Gaelle Jehane Glickfield, Florida International University

Abstract

Pesticide monitoring in St. Lucie County by various local, state and federal agencies has indicated consistent residues of several pesticides, including ethion and bromacil. Although pesticides have long been known to pose a threat to non-target species and much background monitoring has been done, no pesticide aquatic risk assessment has been done in this geographical area. Several recognized United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) methods of quantifying risk are employed here to include hazard quotients (HQ) and probabilistic modeling with sensitivity analysis. These methods are employed to characterize potential impacts to aquatic biota of the C-25 Canal and the Indian River Lagoon (in St. Lucie County, Florida) based on current agricultural pesticide use and drainage patterns. The model used in the analysis incorporates available physical-chemical property data, local hydrology, ecosystem information, and pesticide use practices. HQ's, probabilistic distributions, and field sample analyses resulted in high levels of concern (LOCs), which usually indicates a need for regulatory action, including restrictions on use, or cancellation. ^

Subject Area

Hydrology|Environmental Sciences|Engineering, Environmental

Recommended Citation

Gaelle Jehane Glickfield, "An aquatic risk assessment of ethion and bromacil inputs to the C-25 Canal and Indian River Lagoon" (January 1, 1999). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI1394134.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1394134

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