Pesticides in Surface Waters: Distribution, Trends, and Governing Factors, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Pesticides in Surface Waters

Distribution, Trends, and Governing Factors, 1st Edition

By Steven J. Larson, Paul D. Capel, Michael Majewski

CRC Press

400 pages

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Pesticde use in agriculture and non-agriculture settings has increased dramatically over the last several decades. Concern about adverse effects on the environment and human health has spurred an enormous amount of research into their environmental behavior and fate. Pesticides in Surface Waters presents a comprehensive summary of this research.

This book evaluates published studies that focus on measuring pesticide concentration. The studies chosen include peer reviewed scientific literature, government reports, laboratory studies, and those using microcosms and artificial streams and ponds. The authors used this information to develop their overview of pesticide contamination of surface waters.

The exhaustive compilation of data along with the fundamental science make this book essential for those involved in pesticide use, environmental protection, water quality, and human or ecological risk assessment. Pesticides in Surface Waters covers the results of actual studies, sources of pesticides to surface water, fate and transport, and environmental significance. Hundreds of data-packed tables, maps, charts, and drawings illustrate the key points, making research and application easy and cost effective.


"…An excellent compilation…a required reference book for anyone planning a study of pesticides in surface water…"

- James Seiber, Center for Environmental Studies, University of Nevada

Table of Contents



Previous Reviews


Characteristics of Studies Reviewed


General Design Features

Target Analytes

Geographic Distribution

Temporal Distribution

Matrices Sampled

Analytical Limits of Detection

Influence of Study Design

Overview of Occurrence and Distribution of Pesticides in Relation to Use


National Pesticide Use

Occurrence and Distribution in Relation to Use

Long-Term Trends in Pesticide Occurrence in Surface Waters

Factors Controlling the Behavior and Fate of Pesticides in Surface Waters

Sources of Pesticides in Surface Waters

Behavior and Fate of Pesticides in Surface Waters

Analysis of Key Topics - Sources, Behavior, and Transport

Seasonal Patterns of Pesticide Occurrence

Sources and Concentrations of Pesticides in Remote Water Bodies

Impact of Urban-Use Pesticides on Surface Water Quality

Impact of Forestry-Use Pesticides on Surface Water Quality

Pesticide Transformation Products in Surface Waters

Modeling of Pesticides in Surface Waters

Analysis of Key Topics - Environmental Significance

Implications for Human Health

Implications for Health of Aquatic Organisms

Environmental Significance of Pesticide Transformation Products in Surface Waters

Summary and Conclusions

Appendix: Glossary of Common and Chemical Names of Pesticides



About the Authors/Editor

Larson\, Steven J.; Capel\, Paul D.; Majewski\, Michael

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General