Selenium Assessment in Aquatic Ecosystems

A Guide for Hazard Evaluation and Water Quality Criteria

  • A. Dennis Lemly

Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Selenium Sources, Concentrations, and Biological Effects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Techniques for Evaluating Hazard

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
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  4. Applying Hazard Assessment to Water Quality Criteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
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  5. Outlook for the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 155-162

About this book


Selenium is a naturally occurring trace element that can become concentrated and released by industrial, agricultural, petrochemical and mining activities. At concentrated levels it is toxic and has polluted ecosystems around the world. This book will serve as a comprehensive practical handbook for everyone dealing with selenium in aquatic environments. It offers field-tested approaches and methods for assessment and water quality management. Using his twenty-year experience, the author discusses the effects of selenium on fish and bird populations and presents guidelines for identifying sources of pollution, interpreting selenium concentrations, assessing hazardous conditions, setting water quality criteria and ecosystem loading limits (TMDLs). He also includes a procedure for setting environmentally safe limits that ensure compliance with EPA regulations.
Selenium Assessment in Aquatic Ecosystems will interest field scientists, natural resource managers, risk assessors and environmental planners.


ecosystem ecosystems environment hazard pollution water quality

Authors and affiliations

  • A. Dennis Lemly
    • 1
  1. 1.US Forest Service Southern Research StationColdwater Fisheries Research UnitBlacksburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6549-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-0073-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6161
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