Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program 2004 in the Southeastern United States: Mobile, Apalachicola, Savannah, and Pee Dee River Basins.

Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: US Geological Survey
Publication_Date: 2006
Title:
Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program 2004 in the Southeastern United States: Mobile, Apalachicola, Savannah, and Pee Dee River Basins.
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place:
USGS-Columbia Environmental Resarch Center (CERC); Columbia, MO, USA.
Publisher: USGS-CERC
Online_Linkage: http://www.cerc.usgs.gov/pubs/pubs.htm
Description:
Abstract:
The Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program is designed to identify and understand the effects of environmental contaminants on biological resources, particularly those resources under the stewardship of the Department of the Interior (DOI). BEST provides sound scientific information to be used proactively to prevent or limit contaminant-related effects on biological resources. The primary goals of BEST are to: (1) determine the status and trends of environmental contaminants and their effects on biological resources, (2) identify, assess and predict the effects of contaminants on ecosystems and biological populations, and (3) provide summary information in a timely manner to managers and the public for guiding conservation efforts. To address these goals, BEST will use different approaches, involving a combination of field biomonitoring methods and information assessment tools, for examining contaminant issues at the national, regional, and local levels. Fish (primarily common carp, Cyprinus carpio, and largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides) were sampled from a total of 14 stations in the Mobile, Apalachicola, Savannah and Pee Dee drainages by FWS and USGS personnel during October-December 2004. Together, the array of sites, analyses, and assays will provide a synoptic overview of the current distribution of a wide variety of contaminants and their effects on fish in much of the Mobile, Apalachicola, Savannah, and Pee Dee drainages, in addition to evaluating the feasibility and performance of using new methods together in a testing battery.
Purpose:
The objectives of this BEST Southeastern U.S River basins system project are: 1. To document the distribution of contaminants in the Mobile, Apalachicola, Savannah, and Pee Dee River systems and determine the potential of these contaminants to affect aquatic organisms. 2. To test the logistical feasibility of implementing an investigation incorporating multiple lines of evidence on a large geographic scale through partnerships with other agencies. This study was designed to be implemented as a partnership between USGS and other agencies, most notably FWS. 3. To further quantitatively evaluate the performance of indicators selected for use in aquatic habitats by the BEST program. The precision of some indicators has not been well characterized.
Supplemental_Information: DATA: www.cerc.usgs.gov/data/best/search
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20041001
Currentness_Reference:
Stations sampled during fall of 2004, however data is continually generated and analyzed.
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
Southeastern United States (Mobile, Apalachicola, Savannah, and Pee Dee River Basins)
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -89.57889
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -78.195
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 36.57861
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 29.76306
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: BEST Program
Theme_Keyword: Mobile River Basin
Theme_Keyword: Apalachicola River Basin
Theme_Keyword: Savannah River Basin
Theme_Keyword: Pee Dee River Basin
Theme_Keyword: contaminants
Theme_Keyword: biomonitoring
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: Tombigbee River
Place_Keyword: Coosa River
Place_Keyword: Alabama River
Place_Keyword: Mobile River
Place_Keyword: Chattahootchee River
Place_Keyword: Flint River
Place_Keyword: Apalachicola River
Place_Keyword: Savannah River
Place_Keyword: Pee Dee River
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: USA
Stratum:
Stratum_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Stratum_Keyword: n/a
Temporal:
Temporal_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Temporal_Keyword: n/a
Taxonomy:
Taxonomic_Keywords:
168160: LMBS-Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides)
Taxonomic_Keywords: 163344: CARP-Common carp (Cyprinus carpio)
Taxonomic_Keywords: 163959:SSUK-Spotted sucker (Minytrema melanops)
Taxonomic_Keywords:
163894: LNSK-Longnose sucker (Catostomus catostomus)
Taxonomic_Coverage:
Specific_Taxonomic_Information:
Kingdom: Animal
Division-Phylum: Phylum-Chordata, Subphylum-Vertebrata
Class:
Superclass-Osteichthyes, Class-Actinoptergii, Infraclass-Teleostei
General_Taxonomic_Coverage: ITIS Classification System: www.itis.usda.gov
Access_Constraints: restricted
Use_Constraints: restricted
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Jo Ellen Hinck
Contact_Organization: Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC)
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 4200 New Haven Road
City: Columbia
State_or_Province: Missouri
Postal_Code: 65201
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 573-876-1808
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 573-876-1896
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: jhinck@usgs.gov
Hours_of_Service: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday Through Friday
Data_Set_Credit: USGS/BRD-Columbia Environmental Research Center
Native_Data_Set_Environment: MS Excel 2000
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Scmitt CJ and CM Bunck
Publication_Date: 1995
Title:
Persistant Environmental Contaminants in Fish and Wildlife. Our Living Resources: a report to the nation on the distribution, abundance, and health of US plants, animals, and ecosystems.
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Washington, DC
Publisher:
US Department of the Interior, Biological Rsrouces Division - USGS (formerly NBS). 530pp
Online_Linkage: http:www.cerc.usgs.gov/data/ncbp/ncbp.html
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Tillitt D, G Ankley, and J Giesy
Publication_Date: 1989
Title:
Fish-eating water bird eggs from the Great Lakes. Marine Environmental Research 28(1-4):505-8.
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: n/a
Publisher: n/a
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Schmitt CJ (ed.)
Publication_Date: 20020600
Title:
Biomontoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) program: Environmental contaminants and their effects on fish in the MIssissippi River Basin. U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Biological Science Report USGS/BRD/BSR 2002-0004. Columbia, MO. 217 pp.
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Columbia, Missouri
Publisher: USGS-CERC
Online_Linkage: http:www.cerc.usgs.gov/pubs/pubs.htm
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Schmitt CJ, GM Dethloff, JE Hinck, TM Bartish, VS Blazer, JJ Coyle, ND Denslow, and DE Tillitt
Publication_Date: 2004
Title:
Biomontoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program: environmental contaminants and their effects on fish in the Rio Grande Basin. US Geological Survey, Scientific Investigations Report USGS/SIR/2004-5108. 117 pp.
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: n/a
Publisher:
US Department of the Interior, US Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: http:www.cerc.usgs.gov/pubs/pubs.htm
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Hinck JE, CJ Schmitt, TM Bartish, ND Denslow, VS Blazer, PJ Anderson, JJ Coyle, GM Dethloff, and DE Tillitt
Publication_Date: 2004
Title:
Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program: Environmental contaminants and their effects on fish in the Columbia River Basin. US Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report USGS/SIR 2004-5154. 125 pp.
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: n/a
Publisher:
US Department of the Interior, US Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: http:www.cerc.usgs.gov/pubs/pubs.htm
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Hinck JE, TM Bartish, VS Blazer, ND Denslow, TS Gross, MS Myers, PJ Anderson, CE Orazio, and DE Tillitt
Publication_Date: 2004
Title:
Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program: Environmental contaminants and their effects on fish in the Yukon River Basin. US Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report USGS/SIR 2004-5285. 87 pp.
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: n/a
Publisher:
US Department of the Interior, US Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: http:www.cerc.usgs.gov/pubs/pubs.htm

Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
Analyses of composite fish samples for organochlorine chemical reisdues and elemental contaminants were performed by environmental chemistry laboratories of the Columbia Environmental Research Center of the USGS. Precision and accuracy of contract laboratory results were confirmed through analyses of procedural blanks, triplicated samples, test recoveries of spiked materials, and reference material analyses. Thie identities of organochlorine residues were confirmed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry in about 10% of the samples. In keeping with past NCBP (Schmitt 1999), analytical results were not adjusted to reflect spike recoveries or moisture loss during storage. EROD assays and analyses of composites fish extracts for TCDD-Eq with the H4IIE rat hepatoma cell bioassay (Tillit et al. 1989) were performed at the USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC), Columbia, MO. Details of the laboratory methods inlcuding Q/A and Q/C measures are described in Hinck et. al. 2004 (Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program: Environmental contaminants and their effects on fish in the Yukon River Basin).
Logical_Consistency_Report: N/A
Completeness_Report: n/a
Lineage:
Methodology:
Methodology_Type: Field
Methodology_Description: see online linkage URL in citaion information.
Methodology_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Schmitt CJ (ed.)
Publication_Date: 20020600
Title:
Biomontoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) program: Environmental contaminants and their effects on fish in the MIssissippi River Basin. U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Biological Science Report USGS/BRD/BSR 2002-0004. Columbia, MO. 217 pp.
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Columbia, Missouri
Publisher: USGS-CERC
Online_Linkage: http:www.cerc.usgs.gov/pubs/pubs.htm
Methodology_Type: Lab
Methodology_Description:
See online linkage URL in the citation information.
Methodology_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Schmitt CJ (ed.)
Publication_Date: 20020600
Title:
Biomontoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) program: Environmental contaminants and their effects on fish in the MIssissippi River Basin. U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Biological Science Report USGS/BRD/BSR 2002-0004. Columbia, MO. 217 pp.
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Columbia, Missouri
Publisher: USGS-CERC
Online_Linkage: http:www.cerc.usgs.gov/pubs/pubs.htm
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Depending upon the nature of the response vairable (i.e., biomarker), we used three different statistical methods to compare staions and groups of stations. For continous variables (EROD activity, GSI, etc) we used ANOVA to compare biomarker responses among stations within a region. The significance of additional explantory variables (e.g., age, weight, and stage) was also investigated. The actual terms included ina model for testing depended on the biomarker being analyzed. Lacking a larger, more complete dataset, modeling of these additional explantory terms and their interactions could only be carried out on subsets of the data. This approach implicitly assumes that what we found for subsets of the data also held for the entire dataset. Complicance with distributional and other assumptions was evaluated by examining residual plots as well as with formal tests when possible. Data were log (base 10) or rank-transformed as necessary when standard ANOVA assumptions wer not met. For variables measured on composite samples (i.e., concentrations of organochlorine and elemental contaminants and H4IIE bioassay results) Log-transformed concentrations were combined with hostorical NCBP collections and analyzed with a one-way model in which stations, collection years, and taxa were treatments. For small numbers of censored values (<15%), we substituted half the nominal detection limit. For highly censored variables (i.e., most of the organochlorine chemical residues), no formal statistical tests of significance were conducted.
Process_Date: 2004
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Jo Ellen Hinck
Contact_Organization: Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC)
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 4200 New Haven Road
City: Columbia
State_or_Province: Missouri
Postal_Code: 65201
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 573-876-1808
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 573-876-1896
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: jhinck@usgs.gov
Hours_of_Service: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday Through Friday

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Indirect_Spatial_Reference: None

Spatial_Reference_Information:

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
RESIDUES: Chemicals measured by GC/ECD (ppm, wet-weight): pentachlorobenzene, hexachlorobenzene, pentachloroanisole, alpha-BHC, beta-BHC, lindane, delta-BHC, heptachlor, heptachlorepoxide, aldrin, dieldrin, endrin, oxychlordane, cis-chlordane, trans-chlordane, cis-nonachlor, trans-nonachlor, o,pí-DDE, o,pí-DDD, o,pí-DDT, p,pí-DDE, p,pí-DDD, p,pí-DDT, endosulfan I and II, endosulfate, methoxchlor, mirex, total PCBs, and toxaphene. TCDD-EQ (H4IIE bioassay). Metals measured by ICP-MS (ppm) converted from dry-weight to wet-weight using the % inorganic moisture value: Al (aluminum); Be (beryllium); Cd (cadmium); Cr (chromium); Cu (copper); Fe (iron); Mg (magnesium); Mn (manganese); Mo (molybdenum); Ni (nickel); Pb (lead); V (vanadium); and Z (zinc). Metals measured by AA (ppm), converted from dry-weight to wet-weight using the % inorganic moisture value: As (arsenic) and Se (selenium). Metals measured by thermal combustion, amalgamation, and AA, converted from dry-weight to wet-weight using the % inorganic moisture value: Hg (mercury). FISH HEALTH: River Basin; Station; Species; Taxa; Gender (histologically determined); Age (scale or otolith analysis); Length (Total length in mm); Weight (bwt: body weight in grams); Gross Lesions (score based on external health examination); Gonad Weight (weight to the 0.1 g); Liver Weight (weight to the 0.1 g); Spleen Weight (weight to the 0.002 g); Average EROD activity; Macrophage Aggregate Size (MA-A); Macrophage Aggregate Density (MA-#); MA-% (% tissue occupied by macrophage aggregates); Reproductive Stage; Intersex; Atresia; 17 beta-estradiol (E2); 11-ketotestosterone (11-KT); Vitellogenin (VTG); E/KT Ratio; Health Indices: Hepatosomatic Index (HSI); Gonadosomatic Index (GSI); Splenosomatic Index (SSI); Condition Factor (CF); and Health Assessment Index (HAI).
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
Biomontoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) program: Environmental contaminants and their effects on fish in the MIssissippi River Basin. U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Biological Science Report USGS/BRD/BSR 2002-0004. Columbia, MO. 217 p.

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Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Jo Ellen Hinck
Contact_Organization: Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC)
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 4200 New Haven Road
City: Columbia
State_or_Province: Missouri
Postal_Code: 65201
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 573-876-1808
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 573-876-1896
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: jhinck@usgs.gov
Hours_of_Service: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday Through Friday
Distribution_Liability:
Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data. It is strongly recommended that these data are directly acquired from a U.S. Geological Survey server, and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way. It is also strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of the metadata file associated with these data. The U.S. Geological Survey shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein.
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Calendar_Date: 20041001

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Metadata_Date: 20051025
Metadata_Review_Date: 20051025
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Contact_Person: Robin Lipkin
Contact_Organization: Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC)
Contact_Position: Robin Lipkin
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 4200 New Haven Road
City: Columbia
State_or_Province: Missouri
Postal_Code: 65201
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 573-441-2949
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 573-876-1876
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: rlipkin@usgs.gov
Hours_of_Service: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday Through Friday
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