Brad Dalrymple, Ocean Protect Principal Environmental Engineer, has prepared a document describing how PFAS treatment may be recommended for ‘natural and ‘constructed’ wetlands (and other waterbodies) in urban environments to minimise the negative impacts of toxicants (e.g., PFAS) to the health of wildlife that inhabit these environments. This document is available here.
This recommendation is based on recent research by Curtin University, CSIRO and the Western Australian Department of Water and Environmental Regulation which found that tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus) inhabiting wetlands in Perth are bioaccumulating high levels of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), impacting the venomous reptiles’ overall health.
Dr Damian Lettoof, the study lead author from CSIRO, was a guest on the Ocean Protect Podcast released today “Forever chemicals & their impact on wetland snakes with Dr Damian Lettoof” (Ocean Protect Podcast Season 5, Episode 15). To listen, click here.
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Photo source: Dr Damian Lettoof (CSIRO)