Restoration Activities In Vieques Supported by Contaminant Characterization
Scientists from the National Centers for C0astal Ocean Science conducted a follow up mission to Vieques, Puerto Rico on October 19 – 25 to characterize sediment contamination in area lagoons. Working in close cooperation with NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration and Navy personnel, NCCOS researchers sampled nine inland lagoons to quantify chemical contaminants in marine sediments around the island and to compare contaminant levels among lagoons in different regions. The sediments collected will be analyzed for over 150 chemical contaminants, including 15 compounds termed “energetics,” used in munitions. Results from this mission and the initial mission in May 2007 will be incorporated into an assessment that will help target restoration efforts and facilitate management of marine resources. Between 1940 and 2003, portions of the island of Vieques were used for the storage and firing of munitions for military training purposes.