Midwest Region Environmental Quality Conserving the nature of America

 

Conserving the Nature

of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

 

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service in the Midwest

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Find a location near you.

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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A view across a bay of Lake Superior with tree tops in the foreground.

A Calm morning on Lake Superior.

Photo by Courtney Celley; USFWS

 

Contaminants of Emerging Concern

 

Out of sight, out of mind? There is new concern about chemicals used in everyday products like soap and lotion which disappear down the drain and end up in our water supply.

 

The goal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) project is to understand how CECs may impact the Great Lakes aquatic life, then use those findings to give resource managers the information they need to develop best management practices for current environmental conditions. 

 

In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Contaminants of Emerging Concern Team, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies’ teams, through funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, began investigating the impacts of contaminants of emerging concern in the Great Lakes.

 

 

News

 

 

 

 

Chryssa King, who recently graduated with her master's degree from St. Cloud State University, had her graduate research examining the effects of contaminants of emerging concern and nitrogen on fathead minnows featured in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Newsroom!

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CEC Background

 

 

A bottle with spilled multi-colored pills and bottles of lotions and shampoos.

“Contaminants of emerging concern” refers to chemicals people use every day, including pharmaceuticals, personal care products, flame retardants, and plasticizers. Some specific examples of CECs include synthetic estrogen found in birth control and DEET found in insect repellant.

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Tools, Applications, and Publications

 

 

Small tanks in laboratory that contain fish and freshwater mussels that are part of contaminants of emerging concern research.

Details about some of the tools and applications that have been developed as a result of ongoing studies examining the impacts of CECs in the Great Lakes watershed.

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What Can You Do?

 

 

 

 

Young lake sturgeon in a person's hand.

There are a number of steps that you can take to reduce the amount of CECs getting into the environment.

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CECs- Out of sight, out of mind?

 

 

 

 

A person is sitting on the back of a boat (wearing a life jacket) writing on a clipboard.

Get a glimpse of what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to assess the potential effects of contaminants of emerging concern on fish and wildlife resources.

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