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The Benthic Zone (January Edition): Integral’s Sediment Newsletter

By Bridgette R. DeShields, Principal
Mala Pattanayek, Senior Consultant
Lance W. Fontenot, Ph.D., PWS, Principal
Michele Abbene, Project Scientist

The Benthic Zone newsletter is the place where Integral scientists and engineers share their expertise, running the gamut of topics related to investigation, forensic evaluation, modeling, and remediation of contaminated sediment. Take a look under the water with us. 

The latest edition of The Benthic Zone features two articles from Integral technical staff. Bridgette DeShields and Mala Pattanayek explore the application of environmental justice in their coauthored piece, “The Intersection of Risk Assessment, Risk Communication, and Environmental Justice.” Risk assessment practices can readily be adapted to address differences in vulnerability and susceptibility among populations with differing socioeconomic status. Learn more about how we can incorporate EJ into risk assessment and risk communication.

Bioremediation and Phytoremediation of an Oil-Contaminated Salt Marsh in South Louisiana” the second article in this edition of The Benthic Zone, is coauthored by Lance Fontenot, Ph.D., PWS and Michele Abbene. This article reviews how traditional remediation methods for oil-contaminated soils (e.g., excavation and backfilling) can cause more harm than benefit in the fragmented coastal wetland system of south Louisiana. Bioremediation and phytoremediation methods present an opportunity for a nondestructive approach to achieving cleanup and restoring critical coastal habitat. Learn how these methods were applied and the results.

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