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Dr. Emma Rosi of Cary Institute speaks on drugs in our drinking water, April 19, Red Hook

April 12, 2018 01:58 pm Updated: April 12, 2018 01:59 pm

                                  Our Rivers on Drugs: Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Our Drinking Water

                                      Guest speaker: Dr. Emma Rosi, Aquatic Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


Dr. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will speak about the impact of pharmaceuticals and personal care products on drinking water and stream ecology at the Saw Kill Watershed Community monthly information meeting on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at the historic Elmendorph Inn, 7562 N. Broadway, Red Hook. 


What happens when pharmaceuticals enter a watershed? Dr. Emma Rosi explains, “If you went to your doctor and mentioned that you were taking 30 different drugs, your doctor would likely tell you to stop. And yet, this is what's happening in the environment. The bugs, fish, plants, and algae—they are all exposed to this mixture of drugs and we don’t know the impacts. We should think about how pharmaceuticals disrupt ecosystems, not just whether they kill things.”

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


About the Saw Kill Watershed Community

The Saw Kill Watershed is largely in the Town of Red Hook, but also includes parts of Milan, Rhinebeck, Tivoli, and the BardCollege campus. Bard College has helped to catalyze the creation of the SKWC, which is made up of community members living in the watershed, members of the conservation advisory councils of the Towns of Red Hook and Milan, Bard College professors and staff, local, county and state officials, the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, and several nonprofits, including Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson. The development of this group and the monitoring program has been supported by the Hudson River Estuary Program, the Hudson River Foundation, and BardCollege.


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