Contamination of the Chesapeake Bay and its waters extends beyond nutrients. Organic chemicals, “heavy metals” and trace elements once readily flowed into our urban waters unfettered, a practice clearly evident in our coastal sediments. While at lower concentrations than in the past, heavy metals continue to enter our coastal waterways, and urban expansion and climate change further compound this problem. In this presentation, Dr. Andrew Heyes will explore how metals such as mercury, chromium, copper and zinc have, and continue, to enter our urban waters. Through an understanding of the behavior of these elements upon arrival in the Bay waters, he will discuss how they may or may not impact wildlife and how we utilize this resource.


Cost: Free
Where: ZOOM Webinar – you will receive a participant link after registering
Pre-Registration Required:
Who: Members of the general public. No scientific background needed; everyone is welcome!

This webinar is presented as a part of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory’s Science for Communities Seminar Series.  These public programs invite the community to discover how our scientists are developing new approaches to solving the environmental challenges facing Southern Maryland, our nation, and the world.  This spring, webinars will focus on “The Urban Ocean.” View the complete Science for Communities Webinar schedule.