Project #1352

Testing Diagnostic Tools for Trace Organic Compounds and Multiple Stressors: Case Studies

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Ms. Lola Olabode
Tetra Tech, Inc.


This report presents seven case studies which illustrate the use of different techniques for diagnosing potential effects of trace organic compounds (TOrC) at a site. The techniques highlighted in the report include: EPA’s causal analysis framework, Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS); Canada’s Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) causal analysis approach; the consumer products manufacturer’s ROUT model and the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s PhATE model to predict concentrations of certain TOrC at a wastewater influenced site; and ecological modeling (Comprehensive Aquatic Systems Model [CASM]). These case studies represent a range of scenarios and the monitoring information available that most utilities and water resource managers are likely to face. Published by WERF. 150 pages. Online PDF. (2010)

Originally funded as WERF project CEC5R08c.