Gunpowder Riverkeeper’s PFAS Sampling Efforts

Gunpowder Riverkeeper, in partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance, is protecting local communities by providing vital data through PFAS sampling. Gunpowder Riverkeeper staff and volunteers will be using Cyclopure Water Test Kits to sample for PFAS in stream segments throughout the Gunpowder and Bush watersheds. This is a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded, convenient, and …

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Why Do We Care About PFAS?

Studies have shown a linkage between PFAS exposure and change in liver enzymes, cardiovascular effects (such as high blood pressure or pregnancy-induced hypertension), decreased antibody responses to vaccines, and developmental effects (such as small decreases in birth weight). The EPA has also established PFAS as a possible carcinogen, as there is a link between PFAS …

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What Are PFAS?

PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a large group of human-made (synthetic) compounds. They’re an emerging contaminant with minimal state and federal regulation. They are also bioaccumulates, meaning the chemical accumulates gradually over time in organisms, particularly fish. In October 2021, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) issued its first fish consumption advisory based …

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Thank You to Our 2022 Terry Newendorp Scholarship Award Recipients

Gunpowder Riverkeeper greatly appreciates the time and attention Nick Spigler, Dynasty Strickland and Tristan McGregor provided this week! These three Terry Newendorp Environmental Scholarship recipients helped us with containment of invasive species, E.Coli sampling, and PFAS sampling.  Another big thanks to Betsy and Bob for showing us around the Bird and allowing us access to …

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Congratulations to our 2022 Terry Newendorp Scholarship Award Recipients

  Gunpowder Riverkeeper sincerely congratulates the four recipients of the Terry Newendorp Scholarship Award! The scholarship awardees included Richard “Nick” Spigler, Dynasty Strickland, Anthony Miller and Tristan McGregor.     Nick Spigler attended North Harford High School, and he is planning on studying environmental  science throughout his undergraduate career. He is a dedicated advocate for …

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