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From our bathrooms to the Whitehorse sewage lagoon: PPCPs in wastewater
April 7, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In room A2206. Bring your lunch!
Meet Devon Yacura, a masters student researching where our pharmaceutical personal care products end up and what impact they have on birds.
Devon has conducted the first-ever assessment of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) at a wastewater treatment plant in northern Canada. His study sampled water, sludge, aquatic invertebrates and algae, to evaluate the occurrence, removal efficiency, seasonal variation and bioaccumulation of PPCPs.
Currently, no guidelines exist for PPCP concentrations in effluent discharge into the environment or sludge disposal.
This data is a critical first step in establishing a baseline data set used for future research and monitoring. Continuous monitoring and research will position the Yukon as a leader in the emerging field of pharma-ecology.
Join Devon as he shares his research and takes us on a journey from our bathrooms to the Whitehorse sewage lagoon. Or if you can’t make it there in person, join the talk from the comfort of your own computer or mobile device. Email to request a web link to the live presentation.