Great Lakes Contaminant Monitoring Research Team Receives $6.5 Million from EPA

Pictured (left to right): Students Mark Omara and Adam Point, Prof. Bernie Crimmins, student Timothy Johnson and Prof. Tom Holsen during a four-day research journey exploring Lake Ontario aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian

Pictured (left to right): Students Mark Omara and Adam Point, Prof. Bernie Crimmins, student Timothy Johnson and Prof. Tom Holsen during a four-day research journey exploring Lake Ontario aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Clarkson University a $6.5 million five-year Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to continue its partnership with SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Oswego to conduct the Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program. 

The Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater system on the Earth. Only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water  (www.epa.gov/greatlakes/basicinfo.html). 

This EPA grant continues funding for the surveillance program to monitor Great Lakes fish for contamination from legacy pollutants such as PCBs, banned pesticides, mercury and from emerging chemicals of concern like flame retardants and personal care products. 

Principal investigators Thomas M. Holsen, Jean S. Newell, Distinguished Professor in Engineering of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Clarkson; Philip K. Hopke, director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering at Clarkson; and Bernard S. Crimmins, research associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Clarkson, are responsible for the overall management of the program.

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