The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program (TSHP) supports specialized teams of hydrologists, geologists, and chemists who develop and apply advanced laboratory methods and field investigations to understand how contaminants and pathogens enter and move through the environment. In collaboration with the Contaminant Biology Program TSHP works with our stakeholders within and outside U.S. Department of Interior, including other government agencies, industry, NGOs, academia and others, who tell us we are uniquely capable of helping them protect that most precious of resources, health. We do this by filling the data gaps they have prioritized for us.
See pages 18-21 for information on the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology and Contaminant Biology Programs
See pages 28-30 for information on the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology and Contaminant Biology Programs
See pages 31 and 89 for information on the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology and Contaminant Biology Programs
See page BH 54 and BH 56 for specifics on USGS Environmental Health Mission Area programs
To find information on the USGS Environmental Health Mission Area go to pages 11, 15, 20, and 49
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"Everything we do is designed to safeguard the Nation's health, economy, and resources"
A search of the internet and news cycles on any given day indicates that the American public, health organizations, industry, and government agencies want to know if contaminants and pathogens in the environment pose a risk to the health of humans, pets, livestock, or wildlife.
For example, hunters and anglers want to know if contaminants or pathogens in the environment are harming fish or game, and whether these animals are safe to eat. When land resource managers use chemicals (for example, to suppress dusts or wildfire or to control invasive plants and animals), they must understand if these chemicals pose hazards to the health of the public, fish, wildlife, or vegetation.
The Environmental Health Program’s mission is to understand the actual as opposed to the perceived risk of contaminants and pathogens using impartial science that is not driven by regulatory or policy processes.
We provide answers to the following questions:
If there is not a risk, we report it to the public and other stakeholders and we redirect our attention to more pressing science issues. If actual risks exist our science informs decisions to facilitate resource use with balanced strategies to minimize or mitigate that risk.
The Contaminant Biology Program (CBP) supports specialized teams of toxicologists and biologists who develop and apply advanced laboratory methods and field investigations to understand how contaminants and pathogens in the environment effect the health of biota. In collaboration with the Toxic Substances Hydrology Program CBP works with our stakeholders within and outside U.S. Department of Interior, including other government agencies, industry, NGOs, academia and others, who tell us we are uniquely capable of helping them protect that most protect that most precious of resources, health. We do this by filling the data gaps they have prioritized for us.
Degradation of crude 4-mchm (4-methylcyclohexanemethanol) in sediments from Elk River, West Virginia: Environmental Science and Technology
A method for examining temporal changes in cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom spatial extent using satellite remote sensing: Harmful Algae
The importance of quality control in validating concentrations of contaminants of emerging concern in source and treated drinking water samples: Science of the Total Environment
Field-scale observations of a transient geobattery resulting from natural attenuation of a crude oil spill: Journal of Geophysical Research--Biogeosciences
Stable isotopic composition of perchlorate and nitrate accumulated in plants--Hydroponic experiments and field data: Science of the Total Environment
Exploration of diffuse and discrete sources of acid mine drainage to a headwater Mountain stream in Colorado, USA: Mine Water and the Environment