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Conserving the Nature
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.
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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.
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!
“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.
Tools, Applications, and Publications
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.
What Can You Do?
There are a number of steps that you can take to reduce the amount of CECs getting into the environment.
CECs- Out of sight, out of mind?
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.