Research

We frequently hear in the news how this company or that oil spill contributed to the alteration of the natural world, but what about the everyday things we do?  To help answer these questions and more, SoundCitizen measures a set of chemicals that are connected to the daily activities of humans (we look at both fun and serious chemicals).

Impacts
Nonpoint source pollution in coastal waters (e.g. sources of nutrient and fecal coliform contamination) is an important challenge both locally and globally.  The impact of these contamination events is considerable on economic productivity, recreational opportunities, ceremonial and subsistence harvest of shellfish by Native American tribal groups.  For example, nutrient loading has been linked to marine eutrophication in coastal waters and fecal bacterial contamination was the leading cause for the closure of 20% (36,000 acres) of the shellfish beds in Washington State in 2011.

Opportunities
In order to help direct management and mitigation activities, SoundCitizen is evaluating the utility of a suite of harmless tracer compounds (cooking spices) and emerging contaminants (e.g., pharmaceuticals and pesticides) to measure the impact of everyday human activities on water quality and to help detect sources of contamination that are currently unidentified.

See the complete list of the compounds we look at, from A-Z.

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Want to know more about our results? Click on the links below:

View strip data and maps of where data has been collected
Look at our Graphics & Interpreted Data (coming soon!)
Read our Publications