June 10, 2017 - 10:30am

SFEI's Dr. Rebecca Sutton will be speaking at an event hosted by the Women Chemists Committee of the California Section of the American Chemical Society.  All are invited to attend.

Topic: “Science to Inform and Advance Environmental Protection”

Location: USDA Laboratory, 800 Buchanan Street, Albany

Time: 10:30am – 11:00 am Snacks and Coffee; 11:00 am Discussion and lunch.

Cost: $15.00 for lunch ($7.00 for students and unemployed);  Technical discussion is free

Registration:  Please register (including lunch or for talk only) by email to [email protected] or by phone 510.351.9922. If mailing a check in advance, please make payable to: “California Section ACS” and send to Cal Section Office, 2950 Merced Street #225, San Leandro, CA 94577, postmarked no later than June 5, 2017.


Policymakers need solid scientific evidence to make informed decisions that protect people and wildlife from harmful chemicals. Data are particularly lacking for contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), chemicals that are not regulated or monitored and that have the potential to enter the environment and cause human or ecological adverse impacts.

A global leader in this field, the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay (RMP) seeks to identify emerging contaminants before they rise
to levels that cause harm to the Bay. Assessing the risks that emerging contaminants pose to wildlife and surrounding communities requires information about the levels
of these chemicals in the Bay, how they move and persist, and how toxic they are. The RMP’s decade-long effort to identify CECs has produced a high-quality body of knowledge on Bay contamination, making this one of the most thoroughly monitored aquatic ecosystems in the world. This information has allowed policymakers to develop sophisticated approaches to solving emerging water quality issues.

Dr. Sutton will present recent examples of monitoring studies that inform policy, including research on ame retardants, pesticides and microplastic. 

Event Address: 

USDA Laboratory, 800 Buchanan Street, Albany, CA 94710

Associated Staff: 
Programs and Focus Areas: 
Clean Water Program
Bay Regional Monitoring Program
Contaminants of Emerging Concern
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