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Interpretive publications

New Wentz, D.A., Brigham, M.E., Chasar, L.C., Lutz, M.A., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2014, The Quality of Our Nation's Waters: Mercury in the Nation's streams—levels, trends, and implications, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1395.

New Burns, D.A., Nystrom, E.A., Wolock, D.M., Bradley, P.M., and Riva-Murray, K., 2014, An Empirical Approach to Modeling Methylmercury Concentrations in an Adirondack Stream Watershed, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, p. 2013JG002481.

New Richter, C.A., Martyniuk, C.J., Annis, M.L., Brumbaugh, W.G., Chasar, L.C., Denslow, N.D., Tillitt, D.E., 2014, Methylmercury-induced changes in gene transcription associated with neuroendocrine disruption in largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), General and Comparative Endocrinology, v. 203, p. 215-224.

New Feaster, T.D., Benedict, S.T., Clark, J.M., Bradley, P.M., and Conrads, P.A., 2014, Scaling up watershed model parameters—Flow and load simulations of the Edisto River Basin, South Carolina, 2007–09, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5104, 34 pp.

Hinkle, S.R., Bencala, K.E., Wentz, D.A., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2014, Mercury and Methylmercury Dynamics in the Hyporheic Zone of an Oregon Streams, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, v. 225:1694, 17 pp.

Burns, D. A.; Woodruff, L. G.; Bradley, P. M.; Cannon, W. F., 2014, Mercury in the soil of two contrasting watersheds in the eastern United States, PLoS ONE, v. 9, no. 2, e86855, 15 pp.

Knightes, C.D., Golden, H.E., Journey, C.A., Davis, G.M., Conrads, P.A., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Brigham, M.E., and Bradley, P.M., 2014, Mercury and methylmercury stream concentrations in a Coastal Plain watershed--A multi-scale simulation analysis, Environmental Pollution, v. 187, p. 182-192.

Golden, H.E., Knightes, C.D., Conrads, P.A., Feaster, T.D., Davis, G.M., Benedict, S.T., and Bradley, P.M., 2013, Climate change and watershed mercury export--A multiple projection and model analysis, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, v. 32, no. 9, 10 pp. (Published online 17 July 2013).

Riva-Murray, K., Bradley, P.M., Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Knightes, C.D., Journey, C.A., Brigham, M.E., and Button, D.T., 2013, Optimizing stream water mercury sampling for calculation of fish bioaccumulation factors , Environmental Science & Technology, v. 47, no. 11, p. 5904–5912.

Riva-Murray, K., Bradley, P.M., Chasar, L.C., Button, D.T., Brigham, M.E., Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Journey, C.A., and Lutz, M.A., 2013, Influence of dietary carbon on mercury bioaccumulation in streams of the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Coastal Plain of South Carolina, USA , Ecotoxicology, v. 22, no. 1, pp 60-71.

Journey, C.A., Burns, D.A., Riva Murray, Karen, Brigham, M.E., Button, D.T., Feaster, T.D., Petkewich, M.D., and Bradley, P.M., 2012, Fluvial transport of mercury, organic carbon, suspended sediment, and selected major ions in contrasting stream basins in South Carolina and New York, October 2004 to September 2009 : U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5173, 125 p.

Benedict, S.T., Conrads, P.A., Feaster, T.D., Journey, C.A., Golden, H.E., Knightes, C.D., Davis, G.M., and Bradley, P.M., 2012, Data visualization, time-series analysis, and mass-balance modeling of hydrologic and water-quality data for the McTier Creek watershed, South Carolina, 2007–2009: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1209, 21 p.

Bradley, P.M., Journey, C.A., Brigham, M.E., Burns, D.A., Button, D.T., and Riva Murray, K., 2013, Intra- and inter-basin mercury comparisons: Importance of basin scale and time-weighted methylmercury estimates, Environmental Pollution, v. 172, p. 42-52, published online 17 September 2012. If you cannot access the journal version of this paper via institutional subscription, please request an author's copy from Paul Bradley or Mark Brigham.

Burns, D.A., Aiken, G.R., Bradley, P.M., Journey, C.A., and Schelker, J. Specific ultra-violet absorbance as an indicator of mercury sources in an Adirondack River basin published in Online First section of Biogeochemistry, 09 August 2012, 16 pp.

Bradley, P.M., Journey, C.A., Lowery, M.A., Brigham, M.E., Burns, D.A., Button, D.T., Chapelle, F.H., Lutz, M.A., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., and Riva Murray, K., 2012 Shallow Groundwater Mercury Supply in a Coastal Plain Stream Environmental Science & Technology, v. 46, no. 14, p. 7503-7511.

Bradley, Paul and Journey, Celeste, 2012, Hydrology and Methylmercury Availability in Coastal Plain Streams, Chapter 8 in Water Resources Management and Modeling, Purna Nayak (editor), InTech - Open Access Publishing, p. 169-190.

Burns, D. A., K. Riva Murray, P. M. Bradley, G. R. Aiken, and M. E. Brigham, 2012, Landscape controls on total and methyl Hg in the upper Hudson River Basin, New York, USA, Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, v. 117, G01034, 15 pp.

Golden, H.E., Knightes, C.D., Conrads, P.A., Davis, G.M., Feaster, T.D., Journey, C.A., Benedict, S.T., Brigham, M.E., and Bradley, P.M. (2012) Characterizing mercury concentrations and fluxes in a Coastal Plain watershed: Insights from dynamic modeling and data. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, v. 117, G01006, 17 pp.

Nystrom, E.A. and Burns, D.A. (2011) TOPMODEL Simulations of Streamflow and Depth to Water Table in Fishing Brook Watershed, New York, 2007-09, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5190, 54 p.

Riva Murray, K., Chasar, L.C., Bradley, P.M., Burns, D.A., Brigham, M.E., Smith, M.J., Abrahamsen, T.A. (2011) Spatial patterns of mercury in macroinvertebrates and fishes from streams of two contrasting forested landscapes in the eastern United States, Ecotoxicology, vol. 20, p. 1530-1542.

Bradley, P.M., Burns, D.A., Riva Murray, K., Brigham, M.E., Button, D.T., Chasar, L.C., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Lowery, M.A., and Journey, C.A. (2011) Spatial and seasonal variability of dissolved methylmercury in two stream basins in the eastern United States, Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 45, p. 2048-2055.

Schelker, J., Burns, D.A., Weiler, M., and Laudon, H. (2011), Hydrological mobilization of mercury and dissolved organic carbon in a snow-dominated, forested watershed - conceptualization and modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 116, G01002, 17 pp.

Bradley, P. M., Journey, C. A., Chapelle, F. H., Lowery, M. A., and Conrads, P. A., 2010, Flood hydrology and methylmercury availability in Coastal Plain rivers: Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 44, p. 9285-9290.

Feaster, T.D., Golden, H.E., Odom, K.R., Lowery, M.A., Conrads, P.A., and Bradley, P.M., 2010, Simulation of streamflow in the McTier Creek watershed, South Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5202, 61 p.

Chalmers, A.T., Argue, D.M., Gay, D.A., Brigham, M.E., Schmitt, C.J., and Lorenz, D.L., 2010, Mercury trends in fish from rivers and lakes in the United States, 1969–2005. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Published online on June 10, 2010.

Barringer, J.L., Riskin, M.L., Szabo, Z., Reilly, P.A., Rosman, R., Bonin, J.L., Fischer, J.M., and Heckathorn, H.A., 2010, Mercury and Methylmercury Dynamics in a Coastal Plain Watershed, New Jersey, USA: Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, v. 212, p. 251-273. Funding: USGS National Water Quality Assessment program and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Scudder, B.C., Chasar, L.C., Wentz, D.A., Bauch, N.J., Brigham, M.E., Moran, P.W., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2009, Mercury in fish, bed sediment, and water from streams across the United States, 1998–2005. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009–5109, 74 p.

Brigham, M.E., Wentz, D.A., Aiken, G.R., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2009, Mercury cycling in stream ecosystems. 1. Water column chemistry and transport: Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 43, No. 8, p. 2720–2725.

Marvin-DiPasquale, Mark, Lutz, M.A., Brigham, M.E., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Aiken, G.R., Orem, W.H., and Hall, B.D., 2009, Mercury cycling in stream ecosystems. 2. Benthic methylmercury production and bed sediment—pore water partitioning: Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 43, No. 8, p. 2726–2732.

Chasar, L.C., Scudder, B.C., Stewart, A.R., Bell, A.H., and Aiken, G.R., 2009, Mercury cycling in stream ecosystems. 3. Trophic dynamics and methylmercury bioaccumulation: Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 43, No. 8, p. 2733–2739.

Bradley, P.M., Chapelle, F.H., Journey, C.A., 2009, Comparison of methylmercury production and accumulation in sediments of the Congaree and Edisto River Basins, South Carolina, 2004-06, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5021, 9 p.

Bell, A.H. and Scudder, B.C., 2007, Mercury accumulation in periphyton of eight river ecosystems, Journal of the American Water Resources Association Vol. 43, No. 4., p. 1-12.

Fulkerson, M., Nnadi, F.N., and Chasar, L.C., 2007, Characterizing dry deposition of mercury in urban runoff: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, v. 185, p. 21-32. 

Fulkerson, M., and Nnadi, F.N., 2006, Predicting mercury wet deposition in Florida--A simple approach: Atmospheric Environment, v. 40, p. 3962-3968.

Brumbaugh, W.G., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Helsel, D.R., Wiener, J.G., and Echols, K.R., 2001, A national pilot study of mercury contamination of aquatic ecosystems along multiple gradients—bioaccumulation in fish: U.S. Geological Survey USGS/BRD/BSR—2001-0009.

Krabbenhoft, D.P., Wiener, J.G., Brumbaugh, W.G., Olson, M.L., DeWild, J.F., and Sabin, T.J., 1999, A National pilot study of mercury contamination of aquatic ecosystems along multiple gradients, in U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, March 8-12, 1999—Volume 2 of 3—Contamination of Hydrologic Systems and Related Ecosystems: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4018B, p. 147-160.

Methods and Data

Feaster, T.D., Westcott, N.E., Hudson, R.J.M., Conrads, P.A., and Bradley, P.M., 2012, Comparison of TOPMODEL Streamflow Simulations Using NEXRAD-Based and Measured Rainfall Data, McTier Creek Watershed, South Carolina : U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5120, 33 pp.

Beaulieu, K.M., Button, D.T., Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Riva Murray, K., Chasar, L.C., Bradley, P.M., and Burns, D.A., 2012, Mercury bioaccumulation studies in the National Water-Quality Assessment Program—biological data from New York and South Carolina, 2005–2009: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 705, 13 pp.

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.

Woodruff, L.G., Cannon, W.F., Knightes, C.D., Chapelle, F.H., Bradley, P.M., Burns, D.A., Brigham, M.E., and Lowery, M.A., 2010, Total mercury, methylmercury, and selected elements in soils of the Fishing Brook watershed, Hamilton County, New York, and the McTier Creek watershed, Aiken County, South Carolina, 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 516, 10 p. (collaborative study between USGS NAWQA, USGS Minerals Program, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Bauch, N.J., Chasar, L.C., Scudder, B.C., Moran, P.W., Hitt, K.J., Brigham, M.E., Lutz, M.A., and Wentz, D.A., 2009, Data on mercury in water, streambed sediment, and fish tissue from selected streams across the United States, 1998–2005: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series Report 307.

Bell, A.H., and Lutz, M.A., 2008, Environmental settings of selected streams sampled for mercury in Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida, 2002-06: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1277.

Scudder, B.C., Chasar, L.C., DeWeese, L.R., Brigham, M.E., Wentz, D.A., and Brumbaugh, W.G., 2008, Procedures for collecting and processing aquatic invertebrates and fish for analysis of mercury as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1208, 34 p.

Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Lutz, M.A., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Aiken, G.R., Orem, W.R., Hall, B.D., DeWild, J.F., and Brigham, M.E., 2008, Total mercury, methylmercury, methylmercury production potential, and ancillary streambed-sediment and pore-water data for selected streams in Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida, 2003-04: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 375, 24 p. 

Lutz, M.A., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., and Brigham, M.E., 2008, Procedures for collecting and processing streambed sediment and pore water for analysis of mercury as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program: U.S. Geological Survey U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1279, 68 p.

Chasar, L.C., Scudder, B.C., Bell, A.H., Wentz, D.A., and Brigham, M.E., 2008, Total mercury, methylmercury, and carbon and nitrogen isotope data for biota from selected streams in Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida, 2002-04: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 349, 10 p. 

Brigham, M.E., Duris, J.W., Wentz, D.A., Button, D.T., and Chasar, L.C., 2008, Total mercury, methylmercury, and ancillary water-quality and streamflow data for selected streams in Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida, 2002-06: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 341, 11 p. 

Bell, A.H. and Scudder, B.C., 2005, Bioaccumulation of Mercury in Riverine Periphyton, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1446, 8 p.

Lewis, M.E. and Brigham, M.E., 2004, Low-level Mercury, U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chap. A5, section 5.6.4, 26 p.

Fact sheets & features

Burns, D., and Murray, K., 2008, On the trail of mercury in the Upper Hudson River watershed, Spruce Moose, Fall 2008, p. 9-11.

Brigham, M.E., Krabbenhoft, D.P., and Hamilton, P.A., 2003, Mercury in Stream Ecosystems—New Studies Initiated by the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 016-03, 4 p.

Selected press coverage--mainly related to National survey (Scudder and others, 2009)

  1. Front page, print edition of USA Today (20 August 2009).  The online version of USA Today also included a study photograph (as have numerous other media outlets). 
  2. New York Times Mercury Found in Every Fish Tested, Scientists Say By Cornelia Dean
  3. Good Morning America, Interview with Donna Myers -- aired on 8/23/2009
  4. Economist, Hold the sushi -- A pollution trail from the streams to the ocean
  5. US News and World Report, Health Buzz: America's Fish Contaminated by Mercury and Other Health News
  6. MSNBC, Mercury in Fish
  7. Sacramento Bee, Federal study shows mercury in fish widespread , By DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press
  8. Nature blog, America’s quicksilver fish - August 20, 2009
  9. NPR – Elizabeth Shrogen working on story for All Things Considered AP Story on their website
  10. Sun Sentinel, Mercury Contaminates All Fish Tested in River Study, U.S. Says By Peter S. Green, Bloomberg
  11. The New York Post Scary Fish Find
  12. Mercury-tainted fish found widely in US streams Reuters - Steve Gorman
  13. My Fox NY Medical Headlines: MERCURY IN FISH
  14. 24/7 Wall Street One more Issue for Gov’t to Address: Tainted Fish
  15. ABC – WCPO- TV9 Government Says all Fish Contain Mercury
  16. Albany Herald On-line Mercury rising a bad sign
  17. Charleston Post Courier Study reinforces mercury pollution alarm Tony Bartelme
  18. The State Federal Report: Mercury's bite more toxic in SC Sammy Fretwell
  19. abc7news.com River fish contaminated with mercury David Louie
  20. E! The Environmental Magazine, Coal-Fired Fish
  21. OregonLive (Oregonian), Two studies show extent of mercury in environment and how it becomes toxic
  22. Huffington Post
  23. China dgshi News New gov't study shows mercury in fish widespread
  24. US Streams Full Of Mercury-Tainted FishVisit Bulgaria - Anna Tomova
  25. New gov't study shows mercury in fish widespread
  26. Voice of America
  27. Miami Herald -- High mercury levels found in north Fla. river fish
  28. WKOW TV (Madison) National study finds mercury in fish in every stream tested
  29. Newsday. Federal study shows mercury in fish widespread.
  30. David Lettermen, 8/20/2009


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