Project 19: Ecological Project
Steve Hampson, Assistant Director, Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and Environment, University of Kentucky
Richard S. Halbrook, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Howard Whiteman, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Murray State University, Murray, KY
COOPERATORS AND FACILITATORS
Steve Alexander, Ecologist, United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Tim Kreher, Manager, Western Kentucky Wildlife Management Area
A significant amount of ecological data has been collected at the PGDP and it’s environs. This data has been evaluated in various ecological studies over the years. A need exists for a comprehensive inventory of such studies as well as a general analysis of the associate data.
1) Compile a complete history of ecological investigative and research related activities for the PGDP and its’ environs.
2) Identify contaminants of ecological concern resulting from activities at the PGDP.
3) Develop conceptual models of potential food web transfer of identified contaminants through terrestrial and aquatic environments.
4) Identify regulatory requirements that have driven historical management activities and current regulations that will drive future management activities.
5) Identify data gaps that exist in ecological information.
6) Provide recommendations for future ecological assessment activities that will address the long-term monitoring and data requirements of the agencies and stakeholders involved at the site.
1. Quarterly progress reports.
2. Detailed report that summarizes the history of ecological studies and assessments conducted at the PGDP, outlines the current state of knowledge regarding the transfer and ecological impacts of contaminants of concern through appropriately identified food webs.
KRCEE is a collaborative effort of Kentucky universities and is administered by the University of Kentucky.