To undertake a collections of native mussels and analyze for a suite of contaminants related to industry operating in the Columbia.
Analyze contaminants in native mussels from headwater lakes down to the Columbia mainsteam, and compare to literature values for safe consumption of fish.
Conduct native mussel collections during periods of low-flow in the Columbia River, low draft in the reservoirs, and summer low-flows in tributaries and headwater lakes. Send samples to ALS (an accredited lab) to test for a suite of contaminants including metals and hydrocarbons. Compare results with government published consumption thresholds to determine a preliminary measure of consumption risk. Will investigate for interested Community members to participate in the collection, via ONA Communications Team.