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

Texas Project

Biomarkers of Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Largescale Sucker of the Lower Columbia River

April 2009 - September 2011


Participating Agencies

  • Oregon Water Science Center

The Columbia River provides important hydroelectric power generation, valuable recreational and tribal fisheries, extensive recreational areas and scenic beauty, and habitat for wildlife and fish. The lower Columbia River below Bonneville is the largest remaining free-flowing reach not impounded by hydroelectric dams, and is critical to the viability of culturally significant fish populations (anadromous and resident) in the Columbia Basin, as well as a myriad of other aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Fish, wildlife and human populations along the lower Columbia River are exposed to an ever-growing variety of contaminants as a result of increasing urbanization, industrialization and agricultural development. The work proposed here is part of a larger study designed to combine the expertise within the USGS disciplines to address how emerging contaminants, such as polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants (PBDEs) and other endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) impact fish, osprey, and other wildlife in the basin. The specific task of this project are to determine the health condition of largescale sucker in the lower Columbia River by measuring biomarkers of contaminant exposure, and to relate these effects to contaminant concentrations measured in the fish and the environment.

Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Torres, L. 2011. Laboratory and field assessments of brominated flame retardants and other contaminants: effects in fishes. A Dissertation in Biology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. December 2011