This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrickresearch_recap_250

Does your New Year’s resolution happen to be something like read more EPA science stories? Well then you’ve come to the right place—here’s the latest.

Washington Post Interview Highlights Science at EPA
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was interviewed by The Washington Post to discuss the accomplishments and frustrations of her tenure. She reflected on the water crisis in Flint, the importance of continued domestic and global leadership on climate change, and the need to protect the integrity of the science at EPA and other federal agencies. Read the article Outgoing EPA chief: Science is ‘fundamental to absolutely everything we do.’

Final Analysis of Metals Released from Gold King Mine in the Animas and San Juan Rivers
EPA posted the final fate and transport report for the Gold King Mine (GKM) release. The report is a scientific analysis that focuses on understanding pre-existing river conditions, the movement of metals related to the GKM release through the river system, and the effects of the GKM release on water quality. Learn more about the Fate and Transport Analysis.

Blue-green Algae Detection Project
EPA researchers Dr. James Lazorchak and Dr. Joel Allen are working with the Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University on a blue-green algae detection project. The team set up a wireless camera on the banks of the Ohio River, where it will take a picture each hour and transmit it to a website where the pixels are examined to determine the ratio of green to blue-green algae. Learn more about the project in the article Ohio River research underway at TMC Biology Field Station to determine amount of harmful algae in water.

Killifish Research
EPA biologist Dianne Nacci was interviewed by CBC’s As It Happens about her recent research showing killifish adaptations to polluted water. Dr. Nacci co-authored the study which found that over just a few decades, distinct populations of killifish independently developed similar genetic adaptations that make life possible in the most unlikely environments. Check out the study published in Science.

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

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