The logistics of sample collection in the field can be very challenging. NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration requested assistance in determining the potential for oil-based pollution carryover between sampling ... Read More
Since 1986, NOAA’s Mussel Watch Program has monitored the nation’s coastal waters for chemical contaminants and biological indicators of water quality. The program is being redesigned to adopt a rotating ... Read More
We helped two South Carolina municipal water facilities evaluate the effectiveness of their treatment plants in removing pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) from wastewater. We found that both secondary-treatment-level ... Read More
NOAA scientists recently completed regional assessments of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) for Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, and Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Conducted as part of NOAA’s Mussel Watch Program, these ... Read More
A recent NCCOS study in Marine Pollution Bulletininvestigatedthe distribution of five sunscreen ingredients (oxybenzone, octocrylene, avobenzone, padimate-O, and octinoxate) measured in the coastal waters of South Carolina. Sunscreen chemicals are ... Read More
Scientists have discovered evidence that contaminants from a Superfund site have made their way into samples collected in the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, 25 miles away. The researchers, ... Read More
NOAA’s National Status and Trends (NS&T) Mussel Watch Program conducted regional pilot studies to assess the magnitude and distribution of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) in shellfish and sediment from different coastal zones. In 2015, oyster and surficial sediment samples ... Read More
Multiple indicators of water quality, sediment quality, and biological condition were used to assess the status of ecological condition of National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) sites in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia relative to a suite of corresponding ... Read More
NOAA's Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) lists saltmarshes along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts as the most vulnerable habitat to oil spills. As a result of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig accident, more that 200 million gallons of crude oil ... Read More
In June 2015, the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science conducted an assessment of the status of ecological condition of unconsolidated, soft-bottom habitat and overlying waters at 30 sites from 11 – 99 m depth in targeted shelf areas ... Read More
Sample collection in the field faces many challenges including, but not limited to, the equipment and materials that can be brought safely into the field. Field teams will often reuse sample collection gear by cleaning it between sampling sites to ... Read More
In 1999, the Chesapeake Bay Program completed a survey of existing data on chemical contaminants and the potential for bioeffects in 38 tidal river systems of Chesapeake Bay. This review led to the identification of 20 areas for which there ... Read More
Pollution in the marine environment has the potential to negatively impact ecosystem health, including adverse effects on fisheries species. This can occur through direct impacts, food web effects and habitat degradation. Vieques is an island municipality of the Commonwealth of ... Read More
This document provides an assessment of ecological condition, with an emphasis on soft-bottom habitats and overlying waters, along the U.S. continental shelf in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, from Anclote Key on the west coast of Florida to the Mississippi ... Read More
This document presents the results of an assessment of ecological condition and potential stressor impacts in coastal-ocean waters of the mid-Atlantic Bight (MAB), along the eastern U.S. continental shelf from Cape Cod, MA to Cape Hatteras, NC, based on sampling ... Read More
This document provides an assessment of ecological condition, with an emphasis on soft-bottom habitats, in coastal ocean waters of the U.S. continental shelf off south Florida, from Anclote Key on the Gulf coast to West Palm Beach on the Atlantic ... Read More
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