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Reaching Out to Wastewater Treatment Plants about Contaminants of Concern and their Effects to Fish and Wildlife

Region 3, April 30, 2012

On April 26th, 2012, Jeremy Moore and Lisa Williams, contaminants specialists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's East Lansing Field Office, were invited to present at the Regional Seminar of the Michigan Water Environment Association in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This annual event brings together wastewater treatment plant operators, chemists and engineers from the eastern part of Michigan. Approximately 50 people were in attendance. Jeremy provided an overview of the Service and the services provided by the East Lansing field offices, and then highlighted the historical bald eagle and herring gull contaminant monitoring programs within the Great Lakes basin.  He also discussed what makes good indicator species, and provided a summary of contaminant investigations in Michigan being conducted or facilitated by the Service, including those funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The remainder of the presentation was focused on the Service's Environmental Contaminants program's Great Lakes basin-wide study on Contaminants of Emerging Concern. This presentation provided an opportunity to share with relevant stakeholders the goals, chemicals of interest, study design, methods of the study, as well as a review of recently published literature of the effects of contaminants of emerging concern on fish and wildlife. Finally, Jeremy presented information on the proposed future directions of the CEC study along with considerations for the wastewater treatment plant industry. Jeremy and Lisa then answered questions and participated in active discussions of these and other issues related to fish and wildlife following the the presentation and throughout the remainder of the day.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov