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Human Biomonitoring to Assess Exposure to Legacy and Emerging Contaminants among Diverse Communities across the Great Lakes Basin

Map of BLGP

(March 15, 2019) Funded by the GLRI, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry initiated the Biomonitoring of Great Lakes Populations (BGLP) program to assess people’s exposure to pollutants in local waterways. The BGLP program consists of three phases of cross-sectional studies (looking at exposure during a specific point in time) carried out collaboratively with the Michigan Department of Human Health Services, the Minnesota Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The first two phases of studies (BGLP-I and BGLP-II) were completed in 2015 and 2018, respectively, while the third phase is currently ongoing in Milwaukee, WI.

The state programs targeted susceptible adult populations living in designated areas of contamination, including shoreline anglers, licensed anglers, American Indians, and Burmese refugees and immigrants. A questionnaire collected information including participant demographics, lifestyle factors, and dietary intake, with a focus on locally caught fish consumption.

Read a summary of the BGLP-I program and methods

Please continue to visit the BGLP website for upcoming results. ATSDR: Biomonitoring of Great Lakes Populations