Workshop On Contaminants In Nantucket Sound To Be Held at Mashpee Library

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies will host a workshop for the public on the environmental health of Nantucket Sound at the Mashpee Public Library on Wednesday, June 25, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Scientists from the Center for Coastal Studies, town and nonprofit organizations, and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries will describe their work monitoring the water quality of Nantucket Sound and the abundance of fish, shellfish, and crustaceans.

Presentations will focus on contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) that may affect human health and the environment, such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products and hormones, and scientists from the Silent Spring Institute will present their work measuring CECs in local groundwater.

Additionally, representatives from the Center for Coastal Studies and 10 local organizations will discuss the early results of a joint monitoring project, for which they have used water samples collected from Nantucket Sound and its embayments to analyze the presence of CECs. Funded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, this is the first monitoring effort to detect CECs in the Nantucket Sound region.

Those interested in attending the workshop are encouraged to register at www.waquoitbayreserve.org/event-registration/?ee=201.

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