A cleaner river: Long term use of semipermeable membrane devices demonstrate that concentrations of selected organochlorines and PAHs in the Brisbane River estuary, Queensland have reduced substantially over the past decade

Mueller, J. F., Mortimer, M. R., O'Brien, J., Komarova, T. and Carter, S. (2011) A cleaner river: Long term use of semipermeable membrane devices demonstrate that concentrations of selected organochlorines and PAHs in the Brisbane River estuary, Queensland have reduced substantially over the past decade. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 63 5-12: 73-76.


Author Mueller, J. F.
Mortimer, M. R.
O'Brien, J.
Komarova, T.
Carter, S.
Title A cleaner river: Long term use of semipermeable membrane devices demonstrate that concentrations of selected organochlorines and PAHs in the Brisbane River estuary, Queensland have reduced substantially over the past decade
Journal name Marine Pollution Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-326X
1879-3363
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.03.026
Volume 63
Issue 5-12
Start page 73
End page 76
Total pages 4
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract We first used semipermeable membrane devices as samplers to evaluate concentrations of organochlorines and PAHs in the Brisbane River in 1998. Here we revisit this work and repeat the study a decade later in the same season (summer), also taking account of results from a similar study involving PAHs in the summer of 2001–2002. The accumulation of organochlorines and most PAHs in the samplers in the recent assessment was substantially less than in the 1998 deployment, suggesting that the ambient concentrations of these chemicals have decreased considerably over the last decade. In all cases there was high reproducibility of the mass of chemicals accumulated in the sampler. We used performance reference compounds in the later deployment, and assuming that the kinetics were similar in both deployment periods, we estimate that the concentration of dieldrin, the organochlorine found at highest concentrations, decreased from approximately 3.9 ng/L to about 1.4 ng/L. The decrease of most other analytes of interest including DDE and DDD was greater, potentially indicating that dieldrin is still entering the Brisbane River through run-off from urban areas where it was used widely for treatment of termites until 1995. DDT use in Australia ceased in the mid 1980s.
Keyword SPMD
Brisbane River
Moreton Bay
PAH
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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