Field Activity 2019-648-FA

Identifier 2019-648-FA
Also known as Bellingham first flush
Purpose Characterization of alongshore dispersal of sedimentary contaminants from the Cornwall Landfill.
Location Bellingham Bay, Washington
Summary 14 sediment samples collected and 8 passive samplers deployed.
Info derived Sediment grain size, organic carbon, carbon isotopes, geochemical composition, and PCB concentrations.
on foot
survey conducted on foot
Start Bellingham, Washington 2019-09-23
End Bellingham, Washington 2019-09-27
Days in the field 5
West -122.73194075
East -122.36930609
North 48.77539574
South 48.53590278


2885 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA95060
(831) 460-7401
Principal investigators Renee K Takesue
Crew members
Information specialist(s)
Renee K Takesue
Specialist, Information
Affiliate principal Kathleen Conn (USGS Washington Water Science Center)

Data types and categories

Data category: Location-Elevation, Sampling
Data type: Navigation, Geology

Equipment used

Equipment Usage description Data types Datasets
Handheld GPS Navigation (no data reported)
Hand-grab sample Biology, Chemistry, Geology 1


Datasets compiled from multiple sources

Dataset name Equipment Description Dataset contact
Geochemistry of fine-grained sediment in Bellingham Bay, Nooksack River, and small creeks from June 2017 to September 2019 Hand-grab sample Elemental compositions are reported for the fine fraction of surface sediments from Bellingham Bay (June 2017 and March 2019) and in the fine fraction of streambank sediment from the Nooksack River (September 2017, March 2019, September 2019), Squalicum Creek (March and September 2019), Whatcom Creek (March and September 2019), and Padden Creek (March and September 2019). Major oxide percentages are reported in Nooksack River fine sediment collected in September 2017. Ancillary data for sediment collected during 2017 and 2019 from Bellingham Bay, Nooksack River, and small creeks include: percent weights of gravel, sand, and fines, total organic carbon content (TOC), carbonate content (CaCO3), ratios of stable carbon 13/12 (d13C) and nitrogen 15/14 (d15N) isotopes and total carbon to total nitrogen (C:N), and short-lived cosmogenic radionuclide activities (Beryllium-7, Cesium-137, and excess Lead-210). Renee K Takesue


Samples collected during this field activity