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Journal of Environmental Quality Abstract - Surface Water Quality

Occurrence and Bioavailability of Pyrethroids in a Mixed Land Use Watershed


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  1. Vol. 36 No. 4, p. 1006-1012
    Received: June 28, 2006

    * Corresponding author(s): rbudd001@ucr.edu
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  1. R. Budd *a,
  2. S. Bondarenkoa,
  3. D. Haverb,
  4. J. Kabashimab and
  5. J. Gana
  1. a Dep. of Environmental Sciences, Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521
    b Univ. of California Cooperative Extension, Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


The shift in land use patterns within many urban areas has the potential to influence the magnitude and nature of nonpoint-source pollution. The presence of pyrethroid insecticides in urban surface streams is of particular concern due to the broad spectrum toxicity of pyrethroids to aquatic organisms and the widespread use of pyrethroid products for agricultural and urban pest control. Sediment samples were collected throughout a mixed land use watershed in southern California during two sampling periods and analyzed for a suite of pyrethroids. Bifenthrin and fenpropathrin were found most frequently in the sediment samples, with the highest concentrations associated with sites adjacent to large commercial nurseries. Sediments from residential areas or residential-commercial mixed areas had fewer detections and significantly lower concentrations than the nursery runoff sediments. No apparent difference was found between wet and dry season concentrations, which may be attributed to the fact that the lack of flow under dry weather conditions rendered pyrethroid residues immobile. Organic carbon-normalized sediment concentrations were poorly correlated with the freely dissolved pore water concentrations measured by solid phase microextraction (SPME), suggesting factors other than sediment organic carbon content should be considered when relating concentrations to potential toxicities.

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