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Great Lakes Mussel Watch Supports the President’s ...

The President’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative began in 2010 and provided the financial support for the Great Lakes Mussel Watch, one of several projects of contaminant monitoring with Great Lakes ...
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Mussel Watch Detects New Contaminants in Great Lak...

Scientists from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) have published an assessment of contaminants of emerging concern in the Great Lakes. Of the 237 chemicals the team analyzed, ...
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NCCOS, EPA and Partners Continue Monitoring Effort...

From July 21 to August 3, NCCOS scientists and partners collected wild and recover caged mussels from a number of sites on Lake Michigan, in both Wisconsin and Michigan, for ...
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NCCOS data informs new International Joint Commiss...

The International Joint Commission (IJC), an organization addressing boundary water issues between Canada and the U.S., has released its 16th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality, which includes a ...
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An Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in Sediments and Bivalves of the U.S. Coastal Zone

This report, which represents the first national assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the U.S. coastal zone, shows that they are widely distributed. PBDE concentrations in both sediment and bivalve tissue correlate with human population density along the U.S ...
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An assessment of two decades of contaminant monitoring in the nation’s coastal zone

Information found in this report covers the years 1986 through 2005. Mussel Watch began monitoring a suite of trace metals and organic contaminants such as DDT, PCBs and PAHs. Through time additional chemicals were added, and today approximately 140 analytes ...
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Great Lakes Mussel Watch sites land-use characterization and assessment

This report characterizes the land-use around the Mussel Watch Program (MWP) monitoring sites in the Great Lakes. Land-use is an important parameter in the assessment of the nearshore environment, as contaminant monitoring sites are influenced by point and non-point source ...
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Great Lakes Mussel Watch: Assessment of Contaminants of Emerging Concern

The current report summarizes Great Lakes mussel tissue contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) data obtained between 2013-2015. The study design informs MWP management, stakeholders and general public about the frequency of occurrence, and the magnitude of CECs in mussels. We ...
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Major and Trace Element Analytical Methods of the National Status and Trends Program: Update 2000 – 2006

This document contains analytical methods that detail the procedures for determining major and trace element concentrations in bivalve tissue and sediment samples collected as part of the National Status and Trends Program (NS&T) for the years 2000-2006. Previously published NOAA ...
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National Status and Trends Mussel Watch Program: Sampling Methods 2012 Update

Since 1986, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through its National Status and Trends (NS&T) Mussel Watch Program, has monitored our coastal waters for chemical contaminants and biological indicators of water quality. The Mussel Watch Program (MWP) is based ...
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Organic Contaminant Analytical Methods of the National Status and Trends Program: Update 2000-2006

This document describes the analytical methods used to quantify core organic chemicals in tissue and sediment collected as part of NOAA's National Status and Trends Program (NS&T) for the years 2000-2006. Organic contaminate analytical methods used during the early years ...
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