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Contaminant Management Team

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Overview

Members participating with APNEP’s Contaminant Action Team will pursue collaborative initiatives aligned with the following APNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) actions:

  • A2.4: Facilitate risk assessments of targeted personal care and pharmaceutical products in the aquatic system. Numerous chemical compounds reach our waterways and sounds, including medications and other products with unknown effects on the estuarine ecosystem.  APNEP will work with its partners to better understand and address the risks associated with these chemicals.  Understanding these risks helps prioritize future research and management efforts.
    • Outputs: Risk Assessments
    • Results: Information to support better resource management decisions regarding risks associated with personal care and pharmaceutical products in the ecosystem.
  • A2.5: Facilitate risk assessments of heavy metals and other toxic contaminants in sediments. Toxic materials come from smokestacks, roads, and other sources.  While risks of some toxic sources have been well documented (e.g. mercury), the risks of other sources as unknown.  Understanding these risks help prioritize future research and management efforts.
    • Outputs: Risk Assessments
    • Results: Information to support better resource management decisions regarding risks associated with hevy metals and other toxic contaminants in sediments.
  • C1.1: Establish contaminant management strategies for waters not meeting water quality standards. Management strategies for pathogens, toxics, and nutrients will have a more extensive focus than traditional total maximum daily load (TMDL) plans, which primarily manage industrial point sources and municipal stormwater.  These strategies will also incorporate agricultural runoff and atmospheric deposition.
    • Outputs: Coordinated contaminant management strategies
    • Results: Improved water quality and ecological integrity; reduction in impaired waters.
  • C1.2: Facilitate the implementation of existing contaminant* management strategies. APNEP will work with partners to support full implementation of existing management strategies for pathogens, toxics, and nutrients.
    • Outputs: Coordinated implementation of management strategies
    • Results: Improved water quality and ecological integrity

Please contact APNEP staff if you are interested in participating or have project ideas for the team.  

APNEP staff support: Heather Jennings (Primary), Dean Carpenter

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Team Members