Mussel Watch Provides 22 Years of National Contaminant Trends Data to Assist Coastal Managers with Resource Decisions
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Mussel Watch Project just completed its 22nd year of monitoring environmental contaminants at 140 of the more than 300 sites across the country, culminating with the collection of the eastern Great Lakes Mussel Watch sampling sites. This was the 17 th year of Great Lakes sampling which began after the introduction of the invasive zebra mussel species to the Great Lakes in 1988. This year’s contaminant data collections included extracting sediments from the Mussel Watch sites for characterization of the same suite of organic contaminants and trace elements. Additionally, this year’s Great Lakes collection occurred with the collaboration of three of Mussel Watch’s more than 30 coastal partners; the National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS), at Old Woman Creek in East Huron, Ohio, the Hudson River NERR at Tivoli, New York and NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan.