- Working in the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds, generating information to document fish health in the watershed.
- Monitoring levels of PCBS in fish and shellfish and moving contaminated sites toward cleanup.
- Better defining the sources of PCBs, including those on land, through stormwater and through atmospheric deposition.
- Considering the developing of a PCB mass balance model for the Chesapeake Bay.
- Better defining the sources and occurrence of endocrine disruptors and other contaminant groups affecting the health of fish and wildlife in the watershed.
- Better defining the potential impacts of unconventional oil and gas activities.
- Generating information on mercury in order to determine whether regional strategies are needed to supplement national efforts to reduce its impact on fish and associated consumption advisories.
- Developing approaches to assess the relative risk of contaminants to help inform policy and prevention strategies.
- Sharing approaches for assessing relative risk with the Toxic Contaminants Workgroup to the workgroup can consider options for mitigating contaminant impacts.
July – December 2016
- Using existing information to provide overviews of the effects toxic contaminants can have on fisheries and shellfish.
- Summarizing existing studies and considering additional research activities to assess the effects of toxic contaminants on wildlife.
- Better defining the sources and occurrence of contaminant groups in tidal waters.
Actions in Maryland
- Assessing the effects of toxic contaminants on fish and shellfish in the tidal Potomac River. (Ongoing)
- Generating information on select pesticides in order to help the Toxic Contaminants Workgroup consider a future management strategy. (2016)