Understanding Our Chemical Fingerprints: Safer Water for Our Cities

December 14, 2016

Although more than 80,000 chemicals are in circulation and thousands of new chemicals are introduced each year, only a handful are comprehensively evaluated for safety by the Environmental Protection Agency. Through daily actions, humans leave a distinctive chemical fingerprint on water, which lingers for years, impacting salmon populations and other fish, animals and plants, as well as people’s health and safety.

Learn about the paths chemicals take from homes, factories and offices into the waters around us, developing systems to remove toxic chemicals, and how this impacts our ability to coexist with the ecosystem.

Edward Kolodziej, associate professor, Environmental Engineering, UW