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Data Series 663

Prepared in cooperation with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Steroidal Hormones and Other Related Compounds in Shallow Groundwater in Nonagricultural Areas of Minnesota—Study Design, Methods, and Data, 2009–10

By Melinda L. Erickson

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The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, completed a study on the occurrence of steroidal hormones and other endocrine active compounds in shallow groundwater in nonagricultural areas of Minnesota during 2009–10. This report describes the study design and methods, and presents the data collected on steroidal hormones and other related compounds. Environmental and quality-control samples were collected from 40 wells as part of this study. Samples were analyzed by the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Laboratory for 16 steroidal hormones and 4 other related compounds, of which all but 2 compounds are endocrine active compounds. Most of the water samples did not contain detectable concentrations of any of the 20 compounds analyzed. Water samples from three wells had detectable concentrations of one or more compounds. Bisphenol A was detected in samples from three wells, and trans-diethylstilbestrol was detected in one of the samples in which bisphenol A also was detected.

First posted January 23, 2012

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Suggested citation:

Erickson, M.L., 2012, Steroidal hormones and other endocrine active compounds in shallow groundwater in nonagricultural areas of Minnesota—Study design, methods, and data, 2009–10: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 663, 9 p.





Study Design


Data for Steroidal Hormones and Other Endocrine Active Compounds


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