State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012KY203B
Title: Occurrence of synthetic estrogen in surface water, source water, and drinking water in the Barren River watershed
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: KY 2nd
Focus Categories: Water Quality, Wastewater, Surface Water
Keywords: pharmaceuticals, emerging contaminants
Principal Investigator: Taylor, Ritchie (Western Kentucky University)
Federal Funds: $ 4,978
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 10,586
Abstract: Our intent is to assess the occurrence of synthetic estrogen in the Barren River Watershed upstream and downstream of Bowling Green, Kentucky and in the municipal water supply. For the purposes of this project, we will obtain baseline data to evaluate exposure of residents to synthetic estrogen (17α-ethinylestradiol/ EE2: active ingredient in birth control) through the community drinking water supply and assess concentrations of synthetic estrogen downstream from the city after wastewater and stormwater inputs to the river.

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