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News Release 07-049

Urban Sediments After Hurricanes Katrina, Rita Contained High Levels of Contaminants

Scientists recommend further studies to evaluate human health effects

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Sediment from floodwaters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita contain high levels of contamination.

Scientists have found that sediment from floodwaters after hurricanes contain high levels of microbial contamination.

Credit: Liz Roll