2019 Hudson Data Jam Competition

Making data "sing" through creative expression

Now in its sixth year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell the science stories of the Hudson River watershed.

***Level 3: Pharmaceuticals found in the Hudson River Estuary

***Level 3: Pharmaceuticals found in the Hudson River Estuary

This dataset is in our set of highlighted projects, which means we've developed an expanded metadata file with more background information, resources, and sample inquiry questions.

Prepared by Thomas Tokarski (Woodlands High School)

North River Sewage Treatment Plant on the Hudson River.


Understanding how human activity influences the Hudson is a prime concern for the maintenance of the river, especially as the human population grows. The amount of pharmaceuticals that are prescribed has been on the rise, and the amount found in the waterways around the world has also increased. In this dataset, you can explore the concentrations of 16 different compounds found in the Hudson River.

Click here for Pharmaceuticals in the Hudson River data (excel)

Click here for expanded background information and resources

Data Source: Cantwell, M. G.; Katz, D. R.; Sullivan, J. C.; Shapley, D.; Lipscomb, J.; Epstein, J.; Juhl, A. R.; Knudson, C.; O’Mullan, G. D. Spatial patterns of pharmaceuticals and wastewater tracers in the Hudson River Estuary. Water Res. 2018, 137, 335−343.

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