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Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative

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Pharmaceuticals and PCPs in Natural Water Reuse and Modeling of Mercury Data Investigating the Impact of Pollutants in Street Dust Maine Salt Management Scoping Project Do Coastal Maine Lakes Have Fish Higher in Mercury?
Building Trust for Community-Generated Knowledge Analyzing Legacy Data to Decipher Lake Changes

Photocatalytic Degradation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in Natural Water using Silver-Doped Zeolites
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are a diverse group of organic contaminants of emerging concern in U.S. water supplies. Despite minute quantities of individual compounds, the sheer number of a variety of PPCPs found is quite large…

Informatics Approaches for Reuse and Modeling of Heterogeneous Mercury Data
Maine’s mercury (Hg) research legacy spans three decades and many different ecosystem pools, but the diverse nature of Hg data makes comparison across studies difficult…

Investigating the Impact of Pollutants in Street Dust on the Long Creek Watershed, South Portland, ME
This collaborative undergraduate research project is dedicated to exploring the levels, trends, and fate of chloride, metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and dioxins in street dust and their effects on sediment and surface water quality…

Maine Salt Management Scoping Project
Road salt is widely used in Maine to manage snow and ice during the winter months. While efforts have been made by some municipalities and by state agencies like the Department of Transportation to reduce their use of salt through improved technology, infrastructure, and individual community practices, chloride concentrations in our streams, rivers, and lakes are still increasing…

Do Coastal Maine Lakes Have Fish Higher in Mercury? A Targeted Survey Including Lakes in Acadia National Park
Mercury (Hg) is second on the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s list of priority pollutants and is a global contaminant of major concern because exposure to the neurotoxin poses risk to human and wildlife health. Fish tissue contamination by Hg underlies the current statewide fish consumption advisory in Maine for all freshwaters…

Improving Data to Build Trust for Community Generated Knowledge of Groundwater
There is a growing concern that many communities will not have the water resources to support anticipated population growth. Inadequate or degraded drinking water supplies are of a particular interest in rural areas where private wells are neither regulated nor tested frequently…

Analyzing Legacy Data in a Climate Context to Decipher Modern Changes in Lakewater Chemistry
This project combines existing data, newly developed landscape data, down scaled climate models, and multivariate and time-series statistical techniques to quantify the effects of extreme events on acid-relevant surface water chemistry…


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Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative
5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.3244E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System