Sediment and Soil Quality

The sediments of many of the urban river systems, estuaries and near-shore coastal waters worldwide have high contaminant loads, derived largely from past industrial discharges and urban drainage. A healthy soil has biological, chemical and physical properties that promote the health of plants, animals and humans while also maintaining environmental quality.

Our goals:


  • • mapping the contaminant distribution in sediments in a water body to assess the distribution of historical inputs
  • • determining the impact of known inputs (examples include storm water runoff, industrial discharges, mining discharges, sewage and wastewater treatment plant inputs, shipping activities)
  • • assessing the impacts of dumped sediments (from dredging activities)
  • • improve or maintain soil quality for agricultural purposes