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Research on contaminated sediments in the Netherlands
van Veen, H.J.; Stortelder, P.B.M. (1988). Research on contaminated sediments in the Netherlands. Dienst Binnenwateren/RIZA: Lelystad. 13 pp.

    Marine; Brackish water

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  • van Veen, H.J.
  • Stortelder, P.B.M.

    In the Netherlands pollution of aquatic sediments is a high priority problem. The sediment pollution complicates the disposal of dredged material and presents a potential long-term threat of aquatic life. The main problems are concentrated in the sedimentation zones of the rivers Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt, but local point sources and diffuse sources have also caused sediment contamination in regional waters. The risks of sediment pollution for aquatic life are rather unknown. Therefore, a research programme is being carried out to analyse both physical, chemical and biological processes in aquatic sediments and the role of contaminants. Based on the results of these studies remo- val, treatment or other restoration measures can be considered.

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