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Connecticut River Fish Tissue Contaminant Study 2000

Graphic of the cover of the report.The Connecticut River Fish Tissue Contaminant Study (2000) was a collaborative federal and state project designed to provide a baseline of tissue contaminant data from several fish species, to better understand the risk to human health from eating Connecticut River fish, and to learn what threat eating these fish poses to other mammals, birds, and fish. The study is the first time that each state (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont) can use data based on the same methods, to understand potential concerns stemming from contaminants in the river. This will help ensure that residents throughout New England are able to access the best and most recent information regarding whether to consume fish caught in the Connecticut River. The study will also assist future trend analysis and current statistical comparison, allowing ecological and human health risk screening in support of consistent State fish advisories. This was one of the first such studies of fish tissue contamination in the mainstem of a large, multi-state river in the United States.

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Appendix D - Data Quality Reports (PDF) (57 pp, 545 K)

Appendix D-1 Total Mercury:

Appendix D-2 Dioxins & Furans

Appendix D-3 Dioxin-like Coplanar PCBs:

Appendix D-4 Organochlorine Pesticides & Non-coplanar PCBs:

Appendix E: Standard Operating Proceedures

Appendix F: Data


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