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Pesticide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon and metal contamination in the Fitzroy Estuary, Queensland, Australia : research dataset

posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Victoria Vicente-Beckett, Helen Morrison, R Noble, R Packett, P Verwey, L Ruddle, N Munksgaard
Water samples were collected during the wet seasons (December to March) of 2003/4 and 2004/5 across the flood hydrograph at the pontoon of the Fitzroy Motor Boat Club downstream of the Fitzroy River Barrage in Rockhampton. A number of samples were also collected at the Fitzroy River mouth during the 2004 floods. In addition, three stormwater samples were collected from urban runoff in south Rockhampton in early January 2005. Sediment grabs were obtained using one of several types of grab sampler: Eckman grab, modified Van Veen and modified Smith-McIntyre. Sixteen sediment grab samples were obtained in August 2004 (survey 268, c/-Lynda Radke, Geoscience Australia). Due to project budget constraints, only nine samples (which were closest to the mouth of the river) were analysed for PAHs to obtain some idea of levels of organic contaminants in the surface sediments. The sediments varied between sandy mud to muddy-sand in texture. Additional surface benthic sediments were obtained in August and December 2005 from the main channel of the Fitzroy River downstream of the Barrage, as well as from a few sites upstream of the Barrage. A 2.6 m sediment core (277VC20A) from Keppel Bay was obtained using avibracorer in September 2004 (c/- Geoscience Australia); location: -23.50329°, 150.95235°. The core was sliced into 3–5 cm thick sections, in order to have adequate mass (minimum 75 g wet sediment) for the analyses of low-level PAH contaminants, which may be approaching the analytical limits of detection. The sediments were found to be mostly muddy in texture, with a few slices of sandier texture. Fifteen (of the 78 total) slices were analysed for PAHs, while 23 other slices were analysed for metals. Due to limited time and budget to undertake further sampling, some archived (V.Vicente-Beckett, CQU) Keppel Bay sediments (obtained in 1998), main Fitzroy Channel sediments (obtained in 2002), and a sediment core (3410) taken at the mouth of Raglan Creek in the Fitzroy Estuary (obtained by hydraulic coring from the RV Lady Basten, c/- Australian Institute of Marine Science) were included in this study (see Table A1.3, Appendix 1) in order to obtain a more extensive picture of sediment metal contents in the Fitzroy Estuary.


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Centre for Environmental Management Central Queensland University

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Rockhampton, Qld,

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Centre for Environmental Management; Charles Darwin University; Cooperative Research Centre for Coastal Zone, Estuary and Waterway Management; Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Water;

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