Quinnipiac University biology professor Courtney McGinnis has received a $21,000 grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to continue investigating pollution in the Quinnipiac River.
McGinnis and three research students began studying the river on May 21 as a summer research project.
The year-long study will identify and characterize plasticizers, such as phthalates, from the Quinnipiac River, with particular attention to the stretch of the river that runs from Wallingford to North Haven.
Quinnipiac has received the grant every year since 2010.
The project will focus on the environmental impact of organic chemical contaminants in the Quinnipiac watershed and will benefit the people who access the Quinnipiac River for the purposes of recreation and fishing.
The findings will be presented to The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in the fall.