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|Regional Issue: Emerging contaminants of concern||
Are your medicines and hair products impacting the health of wildlife?
The Problem and Effects:
These emerging contaminants are spreading and becoming more common in the environment, and they are frequently not regulated by state or federal water quality programs. These substances may be toxic to fish and wildlife, or they may have other non-lethal biological effects, such as feminization of male fish.
What We're Doing:
In 2010 and 2011, the Service collected fish, water and sediment from a number of locations in the Genesee River. Partners from the U.S. Geological Survey evaluated fish for signs of internal and external tumors and other developmental abnormalities that may be caused by exposure to contaminants.
Preliminary results reveal that samples from the lower Genesee River water and sediment contained chemicals such as hormones (estrogen), pesticides (DEET, atrazine), wastewater treatment plant indicators (caffeine, cholesterol), medicine (lidocaine), flame retardants, coal tar, detergents and plasticizers.
This research is part of a larger study by the Service throughout the Great Lakes that is funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
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July 16, 2015