Skip Links

USGS - science for a changing world

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

Thumbnail of and link to report PDF (22.5 MB)Abstract

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

Part or all of this report is presented in Portable Document Format (PDF); the latest version of Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view it. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader, free of charge.

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.




Conversion Factors, Datums, and Abbreviations and Acronyms



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


References Cited

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information: Contact USGS
Page Last Modified: Thursday, December 08, 2016, 12:15:11 AM