Contaminants of Emerging Concern Project

Illustration showing sources of Contaminants of Emerging Concern and various pathways into the environment

This image shows sources of Contaminants of Emerging Concern and various pathways into the environment. Access the image here. Infographic: Virge Kask

 

Logos for the Connecticut, New Hampshire and North Carolina Sea Grant programs, Lighthouse Consulting Group, the University of Connecticut and NOAA National Sea Grant

In September 2021, a partnership of the Connecticut, New Hampshire and North Carolina Sea Grant programs and Lighthouse Consulting Group began a project on contaminants of emerging concern—the residues of commonly used products increasingly found in coastal and freshwater environments. This federally funded project will engage Sea Grant programs nationwide in developing a strategy to further knowledge about effective actions to understand and reduce impacts on humans and wildlife. Click here to read the project abstract.

Call for proposals issued for CECs research projects

The CECs project announces a request for proposals (RFP) for a regional research competition focused on Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs), focused on the Atlantic Coast. Proposals are encouraged for projects of up to 18 months requesting up to $150,000. Letters of intent are due by Sept. 23, 2022.

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Contaminants of Emerging Concern Project Team:

Mark Amaral: MAmaral@lighthousecg.com

Judy Benson: judy.benson@uconn.edu

Sylvain De Guise: sylvain.deguise@uconn.edu

Stephen Jones: stephen.jones@unh.edu

Milton Levin: milton.levin@uconn.edu

Frank Lopez: fmlopez@ncsu.edu

Susan White: snwhite3@ncsu.edu

CEC Project Advisory Committee:

Jonathan Ali: Jonathan.M.Ali@des.nh.gov

Dennis Apeti: dennis.apeti@noaa.gov

Karen Bareford: kjbareford@ua.edu

Beth Eckert: Beth.Eckert@cfpua.org

Jennifer Gundersen: Gundersen.Jennifer@epa.gov

Jim Hurley: hurley@aqua.wisc.edu

Rick Langley: rick.langley@dhhs.nc.gov

Olga Naidenko: olga@ewg.org

Doug Parker: doug.parker@ucop.edu

Christina Stringer: cstringer@neiwpcc.org

CEC Resources:

U.S. Geological Survey: https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/emerging-contaminants

Environmental Protection Agency: https://www.epa.gov/wqc/contaminants-emerging-concern-including-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products

EPA 2022 Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS

A U.S. Geological Survey scientist dissects a fish brain as part of research to detect CEC residues in marine life.
A U.S. Geological Survey scientist dissects a fish brain as part of research to detect CEC residues in marine life. Photo: USGS