Workshop for the Society and Environment - Rianna Murray
December 3, 2014: Rianna Murray, Ph.D. Student in Toxicology and Environmental Health Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park Maryland, “The Anacostia River, Recreation, and Health: Is there an Association Between Limited-Contact Recreation and Adverse Health Outcomes?”
Rianna Murray is a doctoral student in the Toxicology and Environmental Health program at the School of Public Health. Her research is focused on the Anacostia River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, which spans from Maryland into the District of Columbia. The river and its sediment is highly polluted with raw sewage, heavy metals, trash, microbial pathogens and organic chemicals. Despite thiscontamination, many people use regularly engage in limited-contact recreation on the river, such as kayaking, canoeing, rowing and sport fishing. The contaminants in the river potentially pose threats to the health of recreational users, and her work examines these adverse health outcomes associated with limited contact recreational exposure. Grant funding will be used to present this research at the American Public Health Society Annual Meeting.