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Water Resource Protection | 2011 Northeast Water Science Forum


Science to Inform Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Management, April 27-29, 2011, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine



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NEIWPCC organized the 2011 Northeast Water Science Forum to provide a forum for sharing the latest in high-quality, timely, and relevant scientific information and research on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCP) in the water environment in order to help Northeast states make informed decisions regarding their policy and management.  This conference built on the successes of the 2007 Northeast Water Science Forum that examined the state of PPCP science and research.

The concept of the Northeast Water Science Forum arose from an acknowledged need among Northeast state and federal agencies, interstate organizations, and academic institutions to elevate the visibility and dissemination of critical research to ensure that the best available scientific information is used to establish priorities and make management decisions regarding water resources in the Northeast.  Based on the research priorities identified by the Northeast states, we have selected PPCP research as the focus of this regional science conference.  The 2011 Northeast Water Science Forum: Science to Inform Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Management aims to share and disseminate the latest in scientific information that exists on this issue to stakeholders in the Northeast.

The Northeast states have identified contaminants of emerging concern, specifically PPCPs, as a cross-programmatic research priority touching on issues of occurrence, fate, human and ecological health effects, and wastewater and drinking water treatment.  PPCPs comprise a vast group of compounds manufactured in large quantities that are frequently used by humans (and domesticated animals) worldwide.  The 2011 Northeast Water Science Forum looks to advance the interpretation and application of the science into policy and regulations, risk assessments, green chemistry movements, as well as identifying future research needs.


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