Methods for the determination of organic substances in water and fluvial sediments

Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations 05-A3
Edited by: R. L. WershawM. J. FishmanR. R. Grabbe, and L. E. Lowe



This manual describes analytical methods used by the U.S. Geological Survey to determine organic substances in water, water-suspended-sediment mixtures, and bottom material. Some of the analytical procedures yield determinations for specific com-pounds, whereas others provide a measure of the quantity of groups of compounds present in the sample. Examples of the first category are procedures for the organochlorine and organophosphate insecticides, chlorophenoxy acid and triazine herbicides, and specific substituted phenols. Examples of the second category are the various organic carbon analyses and the polychlorinated biphenyl methods. The analytical methods are presented in a standard format; topics covered include conditions for application of the method, a summary of the method, interferences, required apparatus and reagents, analytical procedures, calculations, reporting of results, and estimation of precision.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Methods for the determination of organic substances in water and fluvial sediments
Series title Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations
Series number 05-A3
DOI 10.3133/twri05A3
Edition Revision - 1987
Year Published 1987
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, DC
Contributing office(s) Minnesota Water Science Center, National Water Quality Laboratory
Description viii, 80 p.
Public Comments This report is chapter A3 of Book 5: Laboratory Analysis.
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