Linking current river pollution to historical pesticide use: Insights for territorial management?

Della Rossa Pauline, Jannoyer Magalie, Mottes Charles, Plet Joanne, Bazizi Abderazak, Arnaud Luc, Jestin Alexandra, Woignier Thierry, Gaude Jean-Marie, Cattan Philippe. 2017. Linking current river pollution to historical pesticide use: Insights for territorial management?. Science of the Total Environment, 574 : pp. 1232-1242.

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Abstract : Persistent organic pollutants like organochlorine pesticides continue to contaminate large areas worldwide raising questions concerning their management. We designed and tested a method to link soil and water pollution in the watershed of the Galion River in Martinique. We first estimated the risk of soil contamination by chlordecone by referring to past use of land for banana cultivation and took 27 soil samples. We then sampled surface waters at 39 points and groundwater at 16 points. We tested three hypotheses linked to the source of chlordecone pollution at the watershed scale: (i) soils close to the river, (ii) soils close to the sampling point, (iii) throughout the sub-watershed generated at the sampling point. Graphical and statistical analysis showed that contamination of the river increased when it passed through an area with contaminated plots and decreased when it passed through area not contaminated by chlordecone. Modeling showed that the entire surface area of the watershed contributed to river pollution, suggesting that the river was mainly being contaminated by the aquifers and groundwater flows. Our method proved to be a reliable way to identify areas polluted by chlordecone at the watershed scale and should help stakeholders focus their management actions on both hot spots and the whole watershed. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Pollution par l'agriculture, Pesticide, Chlordécone, Pollution de l'eau, Pollution de l'eau souterraine, Cours d'eau, Musa, Histoire, Modèle mathématique, Gestion du risque, Analyse du risque, Distribution géographique, Aménagement du territoire, Cartographie, Contamination chimique

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Martinique

Mots-clés complémentaires : Développement territorial

Classification Agris : P02 - Pollution
P10 - Water resources and management
H01 - Protection of plants - General aspects
F01 - Crops
U10 - Computer science, mathematics and statistics

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Della Rossa Pauline, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR HortSys (MTQ)
  • Jannoyer Magalie, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR HortSys (MTQ)
  • Mottes Charles, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR HortSys (MTQ) ORCID: 0000-0003-0766-7855
  • Plet Joanne
  • Bazizi Abderazak
  • Arnaud Luc, BRGM (MTQ)
  • Jestin Alexandra, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Woignier Thierry, IMBE (FRA)
  • Gaude Jean-Marie
  • Cattan Philippe, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR GECO (FRA)

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