West Virginia Selenium Fish Tissue Protocol

WEST VIRGINIA SELENIUM FISH TISSUE PROTOCOL (2-6-17 REV.2) The following is an overview of the West Virginia Selenium Aquatic Life Criterion and is taken from the West Virginia Fish Tissue Protocol published by WVDEP. West Virginia Selenium Chronic Aquatic Life Criteria Implementation Overview of WV Selenium Aquatic Life Criterion West Virginia’s 2016 revised aquatic life criterion for selenium is a multi-part criterion consisting of both water column concentration and fish tissue concentrations, organized in a hierarchy depending on tissue type, with egg/ovary concentration taking precedence over fish whole body or fillet concentration, which in turn takes precedence over the selenium water column  concentration. In order to develop protective permit limits for selenium, a bioaccumulation factor for specific water bodies may be obtained using selenium fish tissue concentration along with water column selenium information. This information can be used to determine a water column concentration that will be protective of that particular population of fish. Fish egg/ovary concentration is the best indicator of potential adverse effects on fish reproduction, and as such, any concentration of fish egg/ovary tissue obtained by following the procedures outlined in this implementation document take precedence over any other fish tissue or water column concentration. Oftentimes, fish egg/ovary samples are difficult to obtain due to limited times of year for collection, asynchronous spawning, and insufficient fish size. Because of this, fish whole body or muscle tissue collection is also acceptable. Whether egg/ovary tissue, muscle tissue, or whole body fish tissue is obtained, the tissue’s selenium concentration compared to water column concentration may be used to calculate a protective water column concentration. There is an exception to this hierarchy, and it is in regards to selenium being added to a water that previously had no significant source of selenium. In this case, selenium in fish tissue must be allowed to come to equilibrium with the water column before fish tissue concentration would be allowed to override water column concentration. When a selenium input changes, causing the water column concentration to increase or decrease, the fish tissue will not immediately reflect the changed water chemistry. Because of this, when any major changes in water column selenium concentration occur, a minimum of six months must be allowed before fish tissue may be sampled for...

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West Virginia Fish Tissue Sampling

West Virginia Fish Tissue Sampling Biological Systems Consultants’ West Virginia Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling and NPDES compliance team is equipped to take on all of your NPDES compliance needs. Recent developments in NPDES compliance include West Virginia’s 2016 revised criterion which employs water column and fish concentrations for compliance. The fish tissue sampling protocol our personnel follow can be found here at WV Fish Tissue SOP.  West Virginia Selenium Fish Tissue will compliance include bioaccumulation factors which will be applied to determine water column concentrations. Collection in lakes are collected by gill nets, hook and line, or electroshocking methods according to U.S. EPA Fish Field and Laboratory Methods for Evaluating the Biological Integrity of Surface Waters. Collection in streams will be collected by standard electroshocking methods according to U.S. EPA Fish Field and Laboratory Methods for Evaluating the Biological Integrity of Surface Waters. West Virginia Selenium Fish Tissue sampling will likely be conducted before NPDES are issued and may occur throughout the lifetime of these permits. NPDES permit projects are complicated in nature and have many different project requirements. Finally, our staff is fully permitted and qualified to conduct surveys in multiple states and is prepared for each project by focusing on NPDES compliance. West Virginia Fish Tissue Sampling frequencies are conducted by Biological Systems Consultants following local and federal guidelines. Following the standard operating procedures (WV Fish Tissue SOP) for selenium fish tissue sampling set forth by local regulatory authority we maintain scientific collectors permits. Hence, this allows BSC to provide field personnel with extensive experience identifying the target species as required by the protocols and helping comply with the project specific requirements mandated by the local and federal laws. In conclusion, if you have any questions about your Section 402 NPDES Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling compliance or have been requested to address selenium fish tissue sampling on your project for any reason feel free to Contact us or request a quote today. Our fish tissue collection team strives to be cost effective and project oriented to ensure our clients receive the attention they need for each project. We will get your samples collected and analyzed in a timely and cost effective manner. See additional services here. Fish Tissue Sampling Creek Chub Species...

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Big Sandy Crayfish Surveys

 Big Sandy Crayfish Surveys are conducted by qualified Biological Systems Consultants biologists. Effective in May 2016 the Big Sandy crayfish’s status is threatened (also read attached). Contact us today for an estimate or assessment for your next project. Read more on the species here....

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