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Title: Nearshore Transport of Hydrocarbons and Sediments Following EVOS

Project Year and Number: 1992: ST03-B

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 1992: ST03-A, 1991: ST03, 1990: AW03, 1989: AW03

Principal Investigator (PI): Dave Sale, ECO Resource Group

Assisting Personnel: Jim Gibeaut, Jeff Short

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Damage Assessment

Injured Resources Addressed: Intertidal Organisms , Sediments

Abstract: The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) has deployed sediment traps in Prince William Sound since November 1989 to monitor near shore sedimentation in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. These sediment traps capture particulates settling out of the water column, which are then analyzed for hydrocarbon chemistry, organic carbon/nitrogen and mineralogy.

The analysis and interpretation of the data collected from 1989 through 1992 from this study should be completed and published because: 1) this study represents the longest monitoring of settling particulates after a major oil spill; 2) the study provides a potential connection between shoreline and subtidal oiling and uptake by marine organisms; and, 3) because the results may shed light on questions regarding the efficacy and environmental benefit of shoreline treatment and the possible continuing inputs of oil from remaining shoreline contamination. Results to date found significant quantities (>200 ppm) of oil in settling particulates two years after the oil spill at several of the study sites where there is a continued presence of subsurface shoreline oiling.


Geographic Regions Prince William Sound
Fields of Expertise Chemistry

Proposal: View PDF (18 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 1992

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 1992

Annual Report: 1992: Not Applicable

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
1992: ST03-A View (PDF) 1992: Not Applicable
View No datasets
1991: ST03 Not Available 1991: Not Applicable
See Project AW03 See Project ST03-A
1990: AW03 Not Available 1990: Not Applicable
See Project AW03 See Project ST03-A
1989: AW03 Not Available 1989: Not Applicable
View See Project ST03-A