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Diazinon and Permethrin Mitigation Across a Grass–Wetland Buffer

M. T. Moore, R. Kröger, M. A. Locke, R. E. Lizotte, Jr. Jr., S. Testa III, C. M. Cooper
Bulletin of environmental contamination and toxicology 2014 v.93 no.5 pp. 574-579
agricultural runoff, botanical composition, diazinon, isomers, permethrin, pesticidal properties, pesticide residues, pollution control, stormwater, vegetation, wetland buffers
Vegetated buffers of different designs are often used as edge-of-field treatment practices to remove pesticides that may be entrained in agricultural runoff. However, buffer system efficacy in pesticide runoff mitigation varies widely due to a multitude of factors including, but not limited to, pesticide chemistry, vegetation composition, and hydrology. Two experimental systems, a control (no vegetation) and a grass–wetland buffer system, were evaluated for their ability to retain diazinon and permethrin associated with a simulated storm runoff. The two systems were equally inefficient at retaining diazinon (mean 9.6 % retention for control and buffer). Grass–wetland buffers retained 83 % and 85 % of cis- and trans-permethrin masses, respectively, while the control only retained 39 % and 44 % of cis- and trans-permethrin masses, respectively. Half-distances (the distance required to decrease pesticide concentration by one-half) for both permethrin isomers were 26 %–30 % shorter in grass buffers (22–23 m) than in the control (32 m). The current study demonstrates treatment efficacy was a function of pesticide properties with the more strongly sorbing permethrin retained to a greater degree. The study also demonstrates challenges in remediating multiple pesticides with a single management practice. By using suites of management practices, especially those employing vegetation, better mitigation of pesticide impacts may be accomplished.