This Week in EPA Science

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With the chilly forecast ahead, there’s only one thing better than spending this long weekend enjoying the great outdoors: reading about environmental science from the warm comfort of your couch.

Here’s this week’s Research Recap so you can do just that.

  • Advancing Species Extrapolation: EPA’s “Sequence Alignment to Predict Across Species Susceptibility”
    EPA researchers are creating an online tool that will help predict potential chemical risks across different species. The tool, Sequence Alignment to Predict Across Species Susceptibility or SeqAPASS, provides an example of how EPA researchers are leading the effort to usher in a new generation of faster, more efficient, and less expensive toxicology practices.
    Read the blog post.
  • Scientific Report Shows Strong Connection between Wetlands, Streams, Rivers and Estuaries
    EPA’s Lek Kadeli shared his thoughts on the scientific report Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence released this week. The state-of-the-science report shows that small streams and wetlands play an important role in the health of larger downstream waterways such as rivers and lakes.
    Read the blog: “Scientific Report Shows Strong Connection between Wetlands, Streams, Rivers and Estuaries”
  • Study: Pollution Controls Really Work
    In the United States, pollution control legislation passed in 1990 began to take effect for various pollutants in 1995. An EPA researcher recently took a look back to see exactly how effective these controls have been over the last 20 years. The study and its findings were featured in Conservation Magazine.
    Read “Study: Pollution Controls Really Work”

If you have any comments or questions about what I shared or about the week’s events, please submit them below in the comments section!

About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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