• Journal Article

Peak centiles of chlorpyrifos surface-water concentrations in the NAWQA and NASQAN programs

Citation

Mosquin, P., Aldworth, W., & Poletika, N. N. (2015). Peak centiles of chlorpyrifos surface-water concentrations in the NAWQA and NASQAN programs. Water Research, 69, 261-273. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.11.020

Abstract

We provide upper bound estimates for peak centiles of surface water chlorpyrifos concentration readings within spatial, temporal, and land-use domains of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) and National Stream Quality Accounting Network (NASQAN) programs. These datasets have large overall sample sizes but variable sampling frequencies and, for chlorpyrifos, extremely high levels of non-detections. Point and interval estimates are provided for the 90th, 95th, 99th, and the 99.9th centiles, given sufficient sample size. Overall upper bound estimates for the NAWQA program over the period 1992-2011 for the 90th, 95th, 99th, and 99.9th centiles are <0.005, 0.0066, 0.0214, and 0.0852 ug/L, respectively. The estimation method is based on a survey sampling approach, finding centiles of pooled data across aggregates of site-years. Although the population quantity estimated by a pooled data centile is not the easily interpretable average of population site-year centiles, we provide strong support that it bounds this average by a combination of theory, comparison of NAWQA aggregate and direct estimates, and using modeled populations