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NOAA Assesses Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Great Lakes

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(Feb. 4, 2019) Supported with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mussel Watch Program have published an assessment of contaminants of emerging concern in the Great Lakes.

The NCCOS Mussel Watch Program is using invasive zebra and quagga mussels to monitor contaminants of emerging concern in the Great Lakes. Bivalve mollusks, such as mussels, can serve as ideal indicators of chemical pollution: they tend to bioaccumulate pollutants from the large amounts of water they filter, they have limited mobility, and they are found throughout the U.S. coastal zone.

Watch a video about the Mussel Watch Program