Gross fluxes and estuarine behaviour of pesticides in the Scheldt Estuary (1995-1997)

R.J.C.A. Steen, J. van der Vaart, M. Hiep, A.G.M. van Hattum, W.P. Cofino, U.A.T. Brinkman

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As part of the Fluxes of Agrochemicals into the Marine Environment (FAME) project, the gross fluxes of selected pesticides (i.e. the herbicides atrazine, simazine, alachlor and metolachlor, the atrazine degradation product desethylatrazine, the insecticide dichlorvos and the antifouling agent Irgarol 1051) transported by the river Scheldt and the Canal Ghent-Terneuzen were determined from March 1995 through February 1997. In general, the observed temporal trends were related to the application period of the pesticides, except for metolachlor for which elevated concentrations were observed in the winter of 1995-1996. Relatively large gross fluxes were found for desethylatrazine compared with its parent compound. A study on the estuarine behaviour of pesticides showed distinct differences between the compound classes. The mixing plots of the organophosphorus insecticides dichlorvos and diazinon revealed clear evidence of estuarine loss processes which agrees with their low DT
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-79
Number of pages15
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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