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Sewage disposal and the ocean: the Sea Grant role

Richard Kolf
30 pp.
MITSG 85-6

It is clear that waste disposal monitoring programs will always be required, but compliance monitoring should be minimized and the intensity of monitoring should be reduced when steady state conditions are reached. The best reason for scientific studies related to ongoing ocean disposal activities, outside of providing data for reassuring the various interested publics, is to improve future decision-making by validating the models and assumptions which were used. Careful development of models leads to testable hypotheses directly linked to impact assessment. Research programs such as Sea Grant should concentrate solely on this type of activity.

type: Technical reports

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