Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 118, Issue 1, pp 293–318

Assessment of the Usefulness of Semipermeable Membrane Devices for Long-Term Watershed Monitoring in an Urban Slough System


DOI: 10.1007/s10661-006-1502-x

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McCarthy, K. Environ Monit Assess (2006) 118: 293. doi:10.1007/s10661-006-1502-x


Semipermeable membrane devices (SPMDs) were deployed at eight sites within the Buffalo Slough, near Portland, Oregon, to (1) measure the spatial and seasonal distribution of dissolved polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and organochlorine (OC) compounds in the slough, (2) assess the usefulness of SPMDs as a tool for investigating and monitoring hydrophobic compounds throughout the Columbia Slough system, and (3) evaluate the utility of SPMDs as a tool for measuring the long-term effects of watershed improvement activities. Data from the SPMDs revealed clear spatial and seasonal differences in water quality within the slough and indicate that for hydrophobic compounds, this time-integrated passive-sampling technique is a useful tool for long-term watershed monitoring. In addition, the data suggest that a spiking rate of 2–5 μg/SPMD of permeability/performance reference compounds, including at least one compound that is not susceptible to photodegradation, may be optimum for the conditions encountered here.


exposure-adjustment factors hydrophobics long-term monitoring passive sampling permeability/performance reference compounds semipermeable membrane devices 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.U.S. Geological SurveyPortlandUSA