Lecture to focus on waterways’ drug pollution

“Our Rivers on Drugs” will be the topic of the Stroud Water Research Center’s Science Seminar Series on Thursday, April 21.

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Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall will discuss the effect that pharmaceutical and personal-care product pollution has on streams.

Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall, a scientist from the Cary Institute, will discuss the effect that pharmaceutical and personal-care product pollution has on rivers and streams. This pollution includes an array of contaminants, from prescription medications to antimicrobials and cosmetics.

These compounds enter streams and rivers from households and are often not removed by wastewater treatment facilities, according to the Stroud Water Research Center, which has been working to protect the health of the world’s freshwater for nearly 50 years.

Rosi-Marshall will explain how these products harm aquatic life and compromise the health of our nation’s freshwater systems. She will also outline what is needed to combat this growing problem.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. The lecture begins at 7 p.m., and following Q&As, it will conclude by 8 p.m. Representatives from the New Garden Township Police Department will be on site from 6:30 to 7 p.m. to collect unwanted and expired medications that attendees would like to see discarded safely.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated at www.stroudcenter.org/events. The Stroud Water Research Center is located at 970 Spencer Road in Avondale. For more information, call 610-268-2153, ext. 288 or email jprovinski@stroudcenter.org.

The center began in 1967, five years before the birth of the Environmental Protection Agency. It resulted from the foresight and vision of W.B. Dixon Stroud, his wife, Joan M. Stroud, and Ruth Patrick, a water scientist at the Academy of Natural Sciences. They joined forces to establish a location in Avondale along a branch of the White Clay Creek that could be studied by teams of scientists during a time when the nation’s waterways were severely imperiled.

Since then, the center has expanded, continuing its commitment to environmental advocacy. Its Moorhead Environmental Complex received LEED platinum certification in 2013, the highest honor for green buildings.

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