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Investigation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Anchorage Water Sources

Status Complete
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 09/01/2004
End Date 06/30/2005
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grants
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM
Keywords Pharmacueticals


  Craig Woolard

Student Researchers
  Heather Arkinson


I propose to perform a scientific study investigating the anthropogenic influence of wastewater on Alaska's natural waters. The proposed study provides a preliminary examination of chemical pollution by pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), a class of chemical compounds emerging as potentially dangerous environmental pollutants. The study involves collecting samples from sewage effluent and ground water in Anchorage, Alaska and analyzing the samples for two target PPCP compounds, namely caffeine and acetylsalicylic acid. My goal in performing this project is to collect preliminary evidence of two common PPCP compounds in wastewater and ground water samples in Anchorage in order to pave the way for future, more comprehensive studies of PPCPs in Alaska. Samples will be collected from a municipal wastewater treatment facility in Anchorage and from a few select residential septic systems, as well as from an accessible source of ground water in West Anchorage. Sample analysis will be performed in the Applied Science and Engineering Technology (ASET) laboratory at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) via Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). Concentrations of the two analytes will be calculated using appropriate calibration standards, and the resulting data will be analyzed with respect to other published data for additional insights and global context.

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