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"National Reconnaissance of Pharmaceuticals, Hormones, and Other Organic Wastewater Contaminants in Streams" Named as One of the Top 100 Science Stories of the Year

Croton Dam, New York, part of the New York City water-supply system
The USGS collected water samples from 11 stream sites in the Croton Watershed (a drinking-water resource for New York City) during 2000 for the National Stream Reconnaissance for Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Environment Investigation. Photo Credit: USGS.

Discover Magazine has named the Toxic Substances Hydrology Program's "National Reconnaissance of Pharmaceuticals, Hormones, and Other Organic Wastewater Contaminants in Streams" as one of the 100 top science stories of 2002. The USGS study documented the presence of low levels of many organic wastewater compounds, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, hormones, and other wastewater compounds, in a network of 139 targeted streams across the United States. The study, cited as Discover Magazine's 8th top science story overall, was listed 2nd in the environmental sciences category. The honor was shared with research focusing on anticonvulsants and anticancer drugs in water being conducted by Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Discover magazine January 2003 cover- links to the January 2003 article "The goal of both research teams is to provide a baseline of what organic compounds are in the water, in what quantities, and how they are getting there..."
Robbins, M.W., 2003, 100 Top Science Stories of 2002-8 Drinking Water Drugged: Discover Magazine, v. 24, no. 1., p. 43.

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