Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Pennsylvania
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Pennsylvania Project

Quantifying per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in aquatic environments

August 2023 - July 2023


Participating Agencies

  • USGS

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have received national attention because of potential human-health concerns. PFAS are ubiquitous in the environment, having been observed in surface water, groundwater, and drinking water, with many having the potential to accumulate in aquatic organisms. In collaboration with state agencies this project seeks to understand the potential transfer and accumulation of PFAS within aquatic food webs, with the goal of informing risk to ecological systems and to human health through consumption of recreationally important sportfish.