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Mercury in Lake Whatcom sediments

Dale E. Norton

Mercury in Lake Whatcom sediments

spatial distribution, despositional history, and tributary inputs

by Dale E. Norton

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Published by Washington State Dept. of Ecology in Olympia, WA .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Mercury -- Environmental aspects -- Washington (State) -- Whatcom, Lake,
  • Methylmercury -- Environmental aspects -- Washington (State) -- Whatcom, Lake,
  • Contaminated sediments -- Washington (State) -- Whatcom, Lake,
  • Whatcom, Lake (Wash.) -- Environmental conditions

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Dale Norton ; in cooperation with United States Geological Survey, Tacoma District Office and Whatcom County Health Department.
    SeriesPublication -- no. 04-03-019., Publication (Washington (State). Dept. of Ecology) -- no. 04-03-019.
    ContributionsWashington (State). Dept. of Ecology., Whatcom County (Wash.). Health Dept., Geological Survey (U.S.)
    The Physical Object
    Paginationvi, 38, 84 :
    Number of Pages84
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL17620821M
    OCLC/WorldCa55646678

    ABSTRACT. Total mercury and methylmercury were measured in 4 reservoir cores and 12 wetland cores from Sudbury River. The distribution of total mercury and methylmercury in these cores was evaluated to determine the potential for total mercury and methylmercury transport from reservoir and wetlands sediments to the water column. Introduction. Data presented here from several sediment cores collected in and at Clear Lake represent one component of a larger ecosystem‐level study that traces the origin and pathways of mercury (Hg) from the ore body at an abandoned Hg mine, through the abiotic (sediment and water) matrices, to lower trophic level species (benthic invertebrates and plankton) and ultimately to Cited by: 9. Lake Whatcom is a large multi-purpose reservoir that is the source of drinking water for the City book reflect a growing concern among community sediments, dissolve in the .


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Mercury in Lake Whatcom sediments by Dale E. Norton Download PDF EPUB FB2

Analysis of sediments recently deposited in basin 1 of Lake Whatcom, Lake Terrell, and Lake Samish indicates a decrease in Hg sedimentation. Concentrations of Hg in Seattle precipitation and in tributary waters were used to calculate current () loadings of Hg to Lake Whatcom.

Get this from a library. Sources of mercury in sediments, water, and fish of the lakes of Whatcom County, Washington. [A J Paulson; Whatcom County (Wash.). Health & Human Services Department.; Washington (State). Department of Ecology.; Geological Survey (U.S.)]. Concerns about mercury (Hg) contamination in Lake Whatcom, Washington, were raised in the late s after a watershed protection survey reported elevated concentrations of Hg in smallmouth bass.

The U.S. Geological Survey, the Whatcom County Health Department, and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) cooperated to develop a study to review existing data and collect.

Concerns over mercury contamination in Lake Whatcom fish were raised after a study conducted by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) in reported a concentration of mg/kg (wet weight) in a composite sample of smallmouth bass fillets (Serdar et al., ).

Mercury in Lake Whatcom Sediments: Spatial Distribution, Depositional History, and Tributary Inputs Ecology/Health Responses to Public Comments Received on the Draft Mercury Chemical Action Plan Focus on Mercury in Fish: Study finds elevated levels in Washington fish Frequently Asked Questions about Mercury in Bass.

Concentrations of mercury (Hg) were measured in six dated cores from four lakes in western Whatcom County, Washington, USA, that were at various bearings from a chlor-alkali plant, two municipal waste incinerators and a municipal sewage sludge incinerator.

The importance of atmospheric emissions of Hg from these local municipal and industrial sources was evaluating by comparing the Cited by: 3. Both lakes indicated a small increase (5–8%) in total Hg flux to the sediments during the last years, much smaller than similar increases in total mercury for lakes in the north central U.

The likely source of recent increases in Hg in these Alaskan ecosystems is long range atmospheric by: Sediment mercury is mercury that has become embedded into the bottom substrates of aquatic ecosystems. Mercury enters waterbodies naturally through volcanic activity and mineral weathering of rocks over time, as well as through industrial and urban sources such as coal-burning power plants or hazardous waste incineration.

Studies on lake and river sediments in various parts of the world have evidenced that mercury concentrations of approximately μg kg −1 are associated with mercury-contaminated sites. on remediation and monitoring of mercury contaminated sediments in Lake Turingen, Sweden.

1 Section INTRODUCTION Mercury can accumulate in the sediment from point and non-point sources, depending on a number of physical, chemical, biological, geological and anthropogenic environmental processes (Benoit.

time, and there were concerns that mercury levels in Lake Whatcom could affect human health. There were also concerns that exposure to elevated mercury concentrations could cause fish health problems, possibly affecting the ability of resident fish populations to thrive.

Subject: Lake Whatcom Model calibration with variable stoichiometry in sediments - REVISED. This memorandum discusses model calibration and enhancements made to the Lake Whatcom water quality model. Model development and initial calibration were documented in the report “Lake Whatcom Water Quality Model” (Berger and Wells, ).

Also managing P from entering Lake Whatcom via TMDL P, by constructing natural filtration systems, will not address the P and other nutrients (N) which already exist in lake sediments.

We have raised concerns that the TMDL P solution will not address all causes of Low DO in Basins 1 and 2 and will not improve hypolimnion DO by itself. Introduction.

Anthropogenic mercury (Hg) emissions during the past years have significantly altered the global Hg cycle. Up to now, numerous studies have shown a rise in atmospheric Hg fluxes via the reconstruction of past Hg accumulation rates using lake sediments as geochemical archives (Fitzgerald et al.,Perry et al.,Phillips et al., ).Cited by: Sediment is a naturally occurring material that is broken down by processes of weathering and erosion, and is subsequently transported by the action of wind, water, or ice or by the force of gravity acting on the particles.

For example, sand and silt can be carried in suspension in river water and on reaching the sea bed deposited by buried, they may eventually become. LORING: MERCURY IN SEDIMENTS FIG. Location of samples referred to in the text. a.;ample nith an average of IS0 ppb \tandard deviation of i23 ppb (co- t of variation of l2.S~j.

At a level of ) ppb the standard deviation of replicate analyses (6) was k30 ppb, coefficient of varia. Mercury concentrations in Phantom Lake sediments ranged from to 20, ng/g, whereas mercury concentrations in Mclurg Lake sediments were 10–50 times lower and varied between 90 and ng/g.

Mercury concentrations in Cleaver Lake sediments ranged from to ng/g (Appendices 1–3).Cited by: Mercury in Lake Whatcom sediments: spatial distribution, despositional history, and tributary inputs / "May " "Waterbody no. WA" "Waterbody no. WA" Includes bibliographical references (p.

2nd group). Equation indicates that log 10 LOI for lake and stream sediments both increase with increasing precipitation and and is quite similar to the pattern, likely due to the parallel dependence on terrestrial and aquatic organic matter production (which generally increases with precipitation and) and organic matter retention (which generally increases with decreasing [59, 60]).Cited by: 4.

The report describes Lake Whatcom water quality data collected last year compared to historical monitoring data collected over the last 60 plus years. We need to take notice because Lake Whatcom is the primary drinking water source for aboutresidents in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

transported to bed sediments from the water column (Stordal et al. Because a variety of organisms live in, or are in contact with, bed sediments, sediments can act as an important route of exposure to aquatic organisms.

Canadian interim sediment quality guidelines (ISQGs) and probable effect levels (PELs) for Hg can be. The mean total mercury concentration in sediments from Enid Lake in was mg Hg/kg, while sediment concentrations in Sardis, Enid and Grenada Lakes wereand mg Hg.

Study area and sampling. LM (), the third largest of the Laurentian Great Lakes, is the only Great Lake located entirely within the United heric deposition has been reported to be the primary pathway for Hg input to LM, contributing approximately 84% of total annual input in to (Landis and Keeler, ; U.S.

EPA, ). Cited by: Microbiology of Mercury Methylation in Sediments EPA Grant Number: RC Subproject: this is subproject numberestablished and managed by the Center Director under grant R (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

with seven boats operating on Lake Whatcom making round trips from Silver Beach to Blue Canyon City. A mail boat operated on Lake Whatcom from to delivering mail to residents living in communities around the Lake. In the Bellingham Bay and Eastern Railroad was completed along the north shore of Lake Size: 1MB.

Methylmercury (MeHg) affects wildlife and human health mainly through marine fish consumption. In marine systems, MeHg is formed from inorganic mercury (Hg II) species primarily in sediments then accumulates and biomagnifies in the food of the fish consumed in the US are from estuarine and marine systems highlighting the importance of understanding MeHg formation in Cited by: MERCURY POLLUTION CONTROL IN STREAM AND LAKE SEDIMENTS by JAMES D.

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The same tectonic forces that shaped the Cascade Range also tightly folded the layers of the Chuckanut Formation to create the Chuckanut Mountains including the hills around present day Lake Whatcom.

More resistant layers, typically sandstone, tend to form ridges or high points while weaker rocks, such as shale, will form low points. In contrast to Lake Mead, remarkably little sediment has accumulated in Lake Mohave since its impoundment in (Foster ).

Lake Powell (within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area) and other upstream reservoirs trap virtually all of the sediment transported by the Colorado River. release of mercury from sediment to overlying water. Chapter 3 includes the results of the investigation using sand cap to the mercury contaminated sediments from Pompton Lake.

Capping Using Sand Amended with Iron Sulfides Methylation processes occurring at Cited by: 2. Learn about the hazards of mercury in fish. Mercury Levels Although fish is a nutritious food - it is low in fat and is a good source of protein and other nutrients - some fish contain levels of mercury that are unhealthy for human consumption.

Mercury cycling pathways in aquatic environments are very complex. The various forms of mercury can be converted from one to the next; most important is the conversion to methylmercury (CH3Hg+), the most toxic form.

Ultimately, mercury ends up in the sediments, fish and wildlife, or evades back to the atmosphere by volatilization. The waterfront of Bellingham, Washington is dominated by the acre ( km 2) site of Georgia Pacific's former pulp, chemical plant and tissue mill, the latter slated to cease operations in December Controversy surrounds the current efforts to redevelop the site, particularly the issue of the disposal of mercury-contaminated sediments and soils.

Study area and sampling. Lake Qinghai ( m), the largest lake ( km 2) in the TP, is located in the northeast of the Co ( m), the second largest lake ( km 2) in the TP, is centrally located (Fig.

1).Lake Qinghai is fed from a catchment of ~29, km 2, and Nam Co has a catchment area of ~15, km mean annual precipitations in Lake Qinghai and Nam Co are and Cited by: The biogeochemical cycle of mercury will be influenced by climate change, particularly at higher latitudes.

Investigations of historical mercury accumulation in lake sediments inform future predictions as to how climate change might affect mercury biogeochemistry; however, in regions with a paucity of data, such as the thermokarst-rich Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska (ACP), the trajectory of Cited by: 3.

Mercury in Alaska marine surface sediments: A review of the regional data [Bronson, Michael T] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Mercury in Alaska marine surface sediments: A review of the regional dataAuthor: Michael T Bronson. Lake - Lake - Sediments and sedimentation: Lake sediments are comprised mainly of clastic material (sediment of clay, silt, and sand sizes), organic debris, chemical precipitates, or combinations of these.

The relative abundance of each depends upon the nature of the local drainage basin, the climate, and the relative age of a lake.

The sediments of a lake in a glaciated basin, for example. which includes sediments contaminated with mercury from hydraulic mining activities, constitutes up to 34 % of the annual mercury load into the San Francisco Bay (CEP, ).

Methyl mercury (MeHg+) exposure from fish consumption is a known risk to humans, and public agencies throughout the Delta conduct public education outreach about the safety ofAuthor: Tara Fitzgerald.

Lake Washington is home to some of the most contaminated fish in Washington, and the culprits include toxic chemicals that society banned decades ago, new state studies report.

for mercury ( ppm dry weight (dw)); the maximum level was ppm (Appendix). The mean dw mercury concentration in Lavaca Bay sediments was ppm, whereas all reference site samples were below the detection limit (BDL) (Table 1).

Sediment samples with the highest mercury concentrations were collected in the barge docking. Sediments of the Great Lakes have been impacted by inputs of mercury to the lakes. The first measurements of mercury concentrations in Great Lakes sediments were for samples collected in for Lake Ontario, for Lake Huron, for Lake Michigan, for Lake St.

Clair, for Lake Erie, for Lake Superior, the North Channel and Georgian Bay and for all of Lake Michigan.Sedimentary records of mercury stable isotopes in Lake Michigan Mercury isotopic records in sediment cores of Lake Michigan Runsheng Yin 1,2* 3• Ryan F.

Lepak1 • David P. Krabbenhoft • James P. Hurley1,4,5* 1Environmental Chemistry and Technology Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States.EPA/ February BEHAVIOR OF MERCURY, CHROMIUM, AND CADMIUM IN AQUATIC SYSTEMS by James E.

Schindler Zoology Department University of Georgia Athens, Georgia and James J. Alberts Argonne National Laboratory Argonne, Illinois Project Number R Project Officer Harvey W. Holm Environmental Research Laboratory Athens, Georgia .