Friday, August 23, 2019

Citizen Science Opportunity: Penn State Looking For 60 Volunteers For Endocrine Disrupter Study In Susquehanna Watershed

Penn State’s Center for Contaminants of Emerging Concern is looking for 60 volunteers in Pennsylvania to be part of a citizen science effort to identify endocrine disrupting compounds of concern in the Susquehanna River Watershed.
Endocrine disrupting compounds are chemicals found in the environmental generally at very low concentrations that typically are not sampled for and do not have surface, drinking water, or wastewater standards.
They can be found in laundry cleaning supplies, household cleaners and health, beauty and personal hygiene products.
These chemicals are synthetic compounds that interfere with an organism’s endocrine (hormone) systems.
Participants in the citizen science project would be required to complete the Center’s online Endocrine Disrupting Compounds Footprint Calculator for their household and then take a water sample in a predetermined, assigned location in the Susquehanna River Basin in September.
Water sample kits will be mailed to participants with instructions and a prepaid return label.
If interested in participating, please send an email to Katie Hayden, a Ph.D. Graduate Assistant in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, at: by August 30.
To learn more about emerging contaminants, visit DEP’s Emerging Contaminants webpage.
Related Article:
DEP Water Resources Advisory Committee July Meeting Includes Presentation On DEP’s Research Into Contaminants Of Emerging Concern   Click Here for a PDF of the presentation.

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