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Data Series 375

National Water-Quality Assessment Program

Total Mercury, Methylmercury, Methylmercury Production Potential, and Ancillary Streambed-Sediment and Pore-Water Data for Selected Streams in Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida, 200304

By Mark C. Marvin-DiPasquale, Michelle A. Lutz, David P. Krabbenhoft, George R. Aiken, William H. Orem, Britt D. Hall, John F. DeWild, and Mark E. Brigham

Abstract

Mercury contamination of aquatic ecosystems is an issue of national concern, affecting both wildlife and human health. Detailed information on mercury cycling and food-web bioaccumulation in stream settings and the factors that control these processes is currently limited. In response, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) conducted detailed studies from 2002 to 2006 on various media to enhance process-level understanding of mercury contamination, biogeochemical cycling, and trophic transfer. Eight streams were sampled for this study: two streams in Oregon, and three streams each in Wisconsin and Florida. Streambed-sediment and pore-water samples were collected between February 2003 and September 2004. This report summarizes the suite of geochemical and microbial constituents measured, the analytical methods used, and provides the raw data in electronic form for both bed-sediment and pore-water media associated with this study.

Contents

Abstract
Background
Field Sampling
Bed-Sediment and Pore-Water Parameters and Associated Methods
Summary
References Cited
Appendix 1. Sampling Dates (Month/Year) and Locational Information for Streambed-Sediment and Pore-Water Sampling Areas at Each Stream Site
Appendix 2. Data for Whole (Unsieved) Streambed-Sediment and Pore-Water Samples
Appendix 3. Data for Sieved Streambed-Sediment and Derived Pore-Water Samples
Appendix 4. Data for Stream Reach Characterizations
Appendix 5. Quality-Control Data for Whole (Unsieved) Streambed-Sediment and Pore-Water Samples
Appendix 6. Quality-Control Data for Stream Reach Characterizations

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