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Open-File Report Series 2011–1318

National Water-Quality Assessment Program
Toxic Substances Hydrology Program

Environmental Settings of Streams Sampled for Mercury in New York and South Carolina, 2005–09

By Barbara C. Scudder Eikenberry, Karen Riva-Murray, Martyn J. Smith, Paul M. Bradley, Daniel T. Button, Jimmy M. Clark, Douglas A. Burns, and Celeste A. Journey

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This report summarizes the environmental settings of streams in New York and South Carolina, where the U.S. Geological Survey completed detailed investigations during 2005–09 into factors contributing to mercury bioaccumulation in top-predator fish and other stream organisms. Descriptions of location, land use/land cover, climate, precipitation, atmospheric deposition, hydrology, water temperature, and other characteristics are provided. Atmospheric deposition is the dominant mercury source in the studied basins where biota, sediment, soil, and water were sampled for mercury and for physical and chemical characteristics believed to be important in mercury methylation and transport.

First posted March 8, 2012

For additional information contact:
Barbara C. Scudder Eikenberry
U.S. Geological Survey
8505 Research Way
Middleton, WI 53562-3581
(608) 821-3832

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Suggested citation:

Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Riva-Murray, K., Smith, M.J., Bradley, P.M., Button, D.T., Clark, J.M., Burns, D.A., and Journey, C.A., 2011, Environmental settings of streams sampled for mercury in New York and South Carolina, 2005–09: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1318.



Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Conversion Factors, Datums, and Abbreviations and Acronyms

Abstract

Introduction

Environmental Setting and Mercury Cycling

Sources of Environmental Setting Data

Environmental Setting of New York Streams

Upper Hudson River Basin

Fishing Brook Subbasin

Environmental Setting of South Carolina Streams

Edisto River Basin

McTier Creek Subbasin

Summary

References Cited


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