We invite you to attend a presentation by Brock Tabor (Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation [ADEC]) and Lucas Byker (National Marine Fisheries Services [NMFS]) on the quickly evolving topic of the tire chemical 6PPD-quinone and impacts to fish habitat. 6PPD-quinone is a tire anti-degradation chemical found in virtually all tires and research out of Washington state has shown that in addition to contaminating water systems, it is lethal to coho salmon. Our two presenters have extensive background in water quality and fisheries science.
Brock has worked with ADEC since 2009 and specializes in the development and implementation of state water quality standards. Brock has been tracking 6PPD since 2019 when researchers from the University of Washington were able to isolate 6PPD-quinone as a chemical of interest in relation to coho salmon mortality. Brock holds an M.S. in Water Resource Policy and Management from Oregon State University.
Lucas has worked on salmon habitat restoration and fish passage issues since 2015, in both regulatory oversight and project implementation. His interest in road and storm-water impacts on salmon began in 2019 while employed as the Kenai Peninsula Borough River Center Manager. He currently works for NMFS Habitat Conservation Division where he provides conservation recommendations for projects which would impact essential fish habitat.
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