Researchers present findings on river water quality

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The Northern Virginia Daily — by Max Lee — September 13, 2018

"Between 2014 and 2016, scientists working for and partnering with the U.S. Geological Survey started looking into endocrine disruption in fish in the Shenandoah River.

Endocrine disruption can harm the brain development and reproductive functioning of fish, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, and often enters the water because of harmful chemicals that humans release into the environment.

On Wednesday and Friday, with research papers nearing publication, two of the U.S. Geological Survey researchers presented their findings. So far, the research has shown that the Shenandoah River has fairly low levels of endocrine disruptors.

“Overall, from this short-term duration, we saw very low incidents of disruption,” Jennifer Rapp, a biogeographer for the U.S. Geological Survey and one of the project’s researchers, said of the findings. . ."

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