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Field Activity Details for field activity 2015-660-FA

AKA: Sept rail line contaminant baselines

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s): Multi-Disciplinary Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound (ZP00CB4)

Principal Investigator(s): Pamela Swarzenski

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Angela Tan

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Chemistry, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Field sampling for baseline contaminant levels in marshes adjacent to railroad tracks.

Vehicle(s): None

Start Port/Location: Olympia, Washington

End Port/Location: Bayview, Washington

Start Date: 2015-09-14

End Date: 2015-09-18

Equipment Used: Handheld GPS, Ponar grab sampler

Information to be Derived: PAHs and other contaminant levels in marsh soil.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Twenty five benthic grab samples of estuarine mud; four samples of POM on filters.

Staff: Pamela Swarzenski, Angela Tan

Affiliate Staff:



Puget Sound, Washington, United States

North: 48.89632394 South: 46.97825879 West: -122.827 East: -121.97347005


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Takesue, R.K., 2018, Inorganic compositional data for fine-grained Puget Sound sediment along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line, September 2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release.

Takesue, R.K., and Campbell, P.L., 2019, Contaminant baselines and sediment provenance along the Puget Sound Energy Transport Corridor, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1196.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Handheld GPS --- Navigation
Ponar grab sampler --- Biology

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