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Water: Sediment

Suspended and Bedded Sediments

Suspended and bedded sediments (SABS) are defined by EPA as particulate organic and inorganic matter that suspend in or are carried by the water, and/or accumulate in a loose, unconsolidated form on the bottom of natural water bodies. This includes the frequently used terms of clean sediment, suspended sediment, total suspended solids, bedload, turbidity, or in common terms, dirt, soils or eroded materials.

DRAFT: Developing Water Quality Criteria for suspended and bedded sediments (SABs); Potential Approaches (PDF) (58 pp, 165K)

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