National Research Program


Research in Analytical Environmental Trace Element Chemistry and Its Impact on Water Quality

The determination of inorganic constituents and their impact on water quality requires an in-depth knowledge of the interactive water chemistry relationships. The ability to measure trace and ultratrace concentration levels of inorganic constituents as well as their chemical form and speciation plays a significant role on the chemical, toxicological, transport and overall environmental impact on surface- and ground-water hydrology. The development of state-of-the-art analytical chemistry technology to the solution of specific hydrologically related problems requires extensive laboratory and field research and development effort. Project objectives are to (1) Investigate and develop new concepts and approaches to the identification and measurement of inorganic constituents in water and water related materials; (2) Formulate techniques for the utilization of new field and laboratory technology for the assessment of water quality; and (3) Participate in multi-disciplinary research programs providing expertise in the field of inorganic water chemistry. For additional information, see home page for this project.

REPORTS PUBLISHED 2003-2011

Andrews, E.D. and Antweiler, R.C., in press, Sediment fluxes from California coastal rivers -The influences of climate, geology and topography: Journal of Geology.

Taylor, H.E., Antweiler, R.C., Roth, D.A., Alpers, C.N., Dileanis, P., in press (web publication 12/23/11), Selected Trace Elements in the Sacramento River, California: Occurrence and Distribution: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. (on-line abstract or on-line preprint in pdf format, 662 KB, published by Springer, no copyright in the United States-, web publication 12/22/11)

Antweiler, R.C., Taylor, H.E., and Alpers, C.N., 2012, Distribution and geochemistry of selected trace elements in the Sacramento River near Keswick Reservoir: Chemical Geology, v. 298-299, p. 70-79. by Elsevier B.V. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2011.12.025 (on-line abstract of journal article)

Barber, L.B., Antweiler,R.C., Flynn, J.L., Keefe, S.H., Kolpin, D.W.,. Roth, D.A., Schnoebelen, D.J., Taylor, H.E., and Verplanck, P.L., 2011, Lagrangian mass-flow investigations of inorganic contaminants in wastewater-impacted streams: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 45, no. 7, p. 2575–2583. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Barber, L.B., Keefe, S.H., Kolpin, D.W., Schnoebelen, D.J., Flynn, J.L., Brown, .G.K., Furlong, E.T., Gassmeyer, S.T., Gray, J.L., Meyer, M.T., Sandstrom, M.W., Taylor, H.E., and Zaugg, S.D., 2011, Lagrangian sampling of wastewater treatment plant discharges into Boulder Creek, Colorado and Fourmile Creek, Iowa during the summer of 2003 and spring of 2005 – hydrological and chemical data:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1054, 52 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 11.4 MB)

Lee, K.E., Langer, S.K., Barber, L.B., Writer, J.H., Ferrey, M.L., Schoenfuss, H.L., Furlong, E.T., Foreman, W.T., Gray, J.L., ReVello, R.C., Martinovic, D., Woodruff, O.P., Keefe, S.H., Brown, G.K., Taylor, H.E., Ferrer, I., and Thurman, E.M., 2011, Endocrine active chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other chemicals of concern in surface water, wastewater-treatment plant effluent, and bed sediment, and biological characteristics in selected streams, Minnesota—design, methods, and data, 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 575, 54 p., with appendixes. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 2 MB)

Benson, L.V., Taylor, H.E., Plowman, T.I., Roth, D.A., and Antweiler, R.C., 2010, The cleaning of burned and contaminated archaeological maize prior to 87Sr/86Sr analysis: Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 37, no. 1, p. 84-91. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Bills, D.J., Tillman, F. Anning, D.W, Antweiler R.C. and Kraemer, T.F., 2010, Historical and 2009 water dhemistry of wells, perennial and intermittent streams and springs in northern Arizona, in Alpine, A.E., ed., Hydrological, Geological and Biological Site Characterization of Breccia Pipe Uranium Deposits in Northern Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Scientific Investigative Report No. 2010-5025, Chapter C., p. 135-282. (on-line chapter in pdf format)

Erway, M.M., Schrlau, J., Usenko, S., Ackerman, L., Hageman, K., Schwindt, A., Geiser, L., Taylor, H.E., Hafner, W., Campbell, D.H., Rose, N., Simonich, S., Jaffe, D., Schrenck, C., Kent, M., Blett, T., and Landers, D.H., 2010, Western Airborne Contaminants Assessment Project Database, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA/600/C-10/001. (on-line users-guide in pdf format 337KB and access to database)

Landers, D., Simonich, S.M., Jaffe, D., Geiser, L., Campbell, D.H., Schwindt, A., Schreck, C., Kent, M., Hafner, W., Taylor, H.E., Hageman, K., Usenko, S., Ackerman, L., Schrlau, J., Rose, N., Blett, T., and Erway, M.M., 2010, The Western airborne contaminant assessment project (WACAP): An interdisciplinary evaluation of the impacts of airborne contaminants in Western U.S. National Parks: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 44, no. 3, 1 p. 855-859. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Mast, M.A., Manthorne, D.J., and Roth, D.A., 2010, Historical deposition of mercury and selected trace elements to high-elevation National Parks in the Western U.S. inferred from lake-sediment cores: Atmospheric Environment, v. 44, no. 21-22, p. 2577-2586. (on-line abstract of journal article)

McCleskey, R.B., Nordstrom, D.K., Susong, D.D., Ball, J.W., and Taylor, H.E., 2010, Source and fate of inorganic solutes in the Gibbon River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. II. Trace element chemistryJournal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v.196, no. 3-4, p. 139-155. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Writer, J.H., Barber, L.B., Brown, G.K., Taylor, H.E., Kiesling, R.L., Ferrey, M.L., Jahns, N.D., Bartell, S.E., and Schoenfuss, H.L., 2010, Anthropogenic tracers, endocrine active chemicals, and endocrine disruption in Minnesota lakes: Science of the Total Environment, v. 409, no. 1, p. 100-111. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Benson, L.V., Stein, J.R., Taylor, H.E., 2009, Possible sources of archaeological maize found in Chaco Canyon and Aztec Ruin, New Mexico: Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 36, no. 2, p. 387-407. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Böhlke, J.K., Antweiler, R.C., Harvey, J.W., Laursen, A.E., Smith, L.K., Smith, R.L., and Voytek, M.A., 2009, Multi-scale measurements and modeling of denitrification in streams with varying flow and nitrate concentration in the upper Mississippi River basin, USA: Biogeochemistry, v. 93, p. 117–141. (on-line abstract or on-line paper in pdf format, 959 KB, published at Springerlink.com with open access)

Alpers, C.N., Stewart, A.R., Saiki, M.K., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Topping, B.R., Rider, K.M., Gallanthine, S.K., Kester, C.A., Rye, R.O., Antweiler, R.C., and De Wild, J.F., 2008, Environmental factors affecting mercury in Camp Far West Reservoir, California, 2001–03: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5008, 358 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 3.16 MB)

Antweiler, R.C. and Taylor, H.E., 2008, Evaluation of statistical treatments of left-censored environmental data using coincident uncensored data sets: I. Summary statistics: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 42, no. 10, p. 3732-3738. (on-line abstract or on-line article in pdf format, 1926 kb, published by American Chemical Society; not subject to U.S. copyright)

Benson, L.B., Taylor, H.E., Peterson, K.A., Shattock, B.D., Ramotnik, C.A., and Stein, J.R., 2008, Development and evaluation of geochemical methods for the sourcing of archaeological maize: Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 35, p. 912-921. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Dunlap, C.E., Alpers, C.N., Bouse, R., Taylor, H.E., Unruh, D.M., and. Flegal, A.R., 2008, The persistence of lead from past gasoline emissions and mining drainage in a large riparian system - evidence from lead isotopes in the Sacramento River, California: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 72, no. 24, p. 5935-5948. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Flanagan, C., Shaver, C., Blett, T., Landers, D.H., Campbell, D.H., Geiser, L.H., Jaffe, D., Kent, M., Schreck, C., Simonich, S., and Taylor, H.E., 2008, Western Airborne Contaminants Assessment Project - results: National Park Service Fact Sheet. (on-line fact sheet in pdf format, 6 MB)

Landers, D.H., Simonich, S.L., Jaffe, D.A., Geiser, L.H., Campbell, D.H., Schwindt, A.R., Schreck, C.B., Kent, M.L., Hafner, W.D., Taylor, H.E., Hageman, K.J., Usenko, S., Ackerman, L.K., Schrlau, J.E., Rose, N.L., Blett, T.F, and Erway, M.M., 2008, The fate, transport, and ecological impacts of airborne contaminants in Western National Parks (USA), Volume 1: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Report EPA/600/R-07/138, 348 p. (on-line report in pdf format, 25 MB)

Landers, D.H., Simonich, S.L., Jaffe, D.A., Geiser, L.H., Campbell, D.H., Schwindt, A.R., Schreck, C.B., Kent, M.L., Hafner, W.D., Taylor, H.E. Hageman, K.J., Usenko, S., Ackerman, L.K., Schrlau, J.E., Rose, N.L., Blett, T.F., and Erway, M.M., 2008, The fate, transport, and ecological impacts of airborne contaminants in Western National Parks (USA), Volume 2 -- Appendices: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Report EPA/600/R-07/138, 113 p., (on-line report in pdf format, 4 MB)

Schuster, P.F., Shanley, J.B., Marvin-Dipasquale, M., Reddy, M.M., Aiken, G.R., Roth, D.A., Taylor, H.E., Krabbenhoft, D.P., and DeWild, J.F., 2008, Mercury and organic carbon dynamics during runoff episodes from a northeastern USA watershed : Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, v. 187, p. 89-108. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Alpers, C.N., Hunerlach, M.P., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Antweiler, R.C., Lasorsa, B.K., De Wild, J.F., and Snyder, N.P., 2006, Geochemical data for mercury, methylmercury, and other constitutents in sediments from Englebright Lake, California, 2002 : U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 151, 95 p. (on-line abstract or data report in pdf format, 11.6 MB - on-line only)

Barber, L.B., Keefe, S.H., Antweiler, R.C., Taylor, H.E., and Wass, R.D., 2006, Accumulation of contaminants in fish from wastewater treatment wetlands: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 40, p. 603-611. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Barber, L.B., Keefe, S.H., Antweiler, R.C., Taylor, H.E., and Wass, R.D., 2006, Response to comment on "Accumulation of contaminants in fish from wastewater treatment wetlands": Environmental Science and Technology, v. 40, p. 3438-3439.

Barber, L.B., Murphy, S.F., Verplanck, P.L., Sandstrom, M.W., Taylor, H.E., and Furlong, E.T., 2006, Chemical loading into surface water along a hydrological, biogeochemical, and land use gradient: A holistic watershed approach: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 40, p. 475-486. (on-line abstract or on-line article in pdf format, 1784 kb, published by American Chemical Society; not subject to U.S. copyright)

Benson, L.V., Hattori, E.M., Taylor, H.E., Poulson, S.R., and Jolie, E.A., 2006, Isotope sourcing of prehistoric willow and tule textiles recovered from western Great Basin rock shelters and caves-proof of concept: Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 33, Issue 11, p. 1588-1599. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Benson, L., Stein, J., Taylor, H., Friedman, R., and Windes, T.C., 2006, The agricultural productivity of Chaco Canyon and the source(s) of pre-hispanic maize found in the Pueblo Bonito Great House, in Staller, J.E., and others, eds., Histories of Maize - Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Prehistory, Linguistics, Biogeography, Domestication, and Evolution of Maize: San Diego, Elsevier/Academic Press, p. 289-314.

Piper, D.Z., Ludington, S., Duval, J.S., and Taylor, H.E., 2006, Geochemistry of bed and suspended sediment in the Mississippi River system: provenance versus weathering and winnowing: Science of the Total Environment, v. 362, no. 1-3, p. 179-204. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Taylor, H.E., Roth, D.A., and Antweiler, R.C., 2006, Dissolved Major Cations and Trace Elements, in Schuster, P.F., ed.: Water and Sediment Quality in the Yukon River Basin, Alaska, During Water Year 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1258, Chapt. 4, p. 25 - 41. (on-line chapter in pdf format)

Taylor, H.E., Roth, D.A., and Antweiler, R.C., 2006, Dissolved Major Cations and Trace Elements, in Dornblaser, M.M. and Halm, D.R., eds., Water and Sediment Quality of the Yukon River and its Tributaries, from Eagle to St. Marys, Alaska, 2002-2003: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1228, p. 103-133. (on-line pages in report, in pdf format)

Taylor, H.E. and Finlay, J., 2006, Nutrients, in Dornblaser, M.M. and Halm, D.R., eds., Water and Sediment Quality of the Yukon River and its Tributaries, from Eagle to St. Marys, Alaska, 2002-2003: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1228, p. 75-79. (on-line pages in report, in pdf format)

Alpers, C.N., Hunerlach, M.P., May, J.T., Hothem, R.L., Taylor, H.E., Antweiler, R.C., De Wild, J.F., and Lawler, D.A., 2005, Geochemical characterization of water, sediment, and biota affected by mercury contamination and acidic drainage from historical gold mining, Greenhorn Creek, Nevada County, California, 1999–2001 : U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5251, 278 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 9867 KB)

Antweiler, R.C., Smith, R.L., Voytek, M.A., and Böhlke, J.K., 2005, Water-quality data from two agricultural drainage basins in northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois: II. Diel data, 1999-2001: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1053, 114 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 8.1 MB)

Antweiler, R.C., Smith, R.L., Voytek, M.A., Böhlke, J.K., and Dupre, D.H., 2005, Water-quality data from two agricultural drainage basins in northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois: III. Biweekly data, 2000-2002: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1197, 66 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 18.1 MB)

Antweiler, R.C., Smith, R.L., Voytek, M.A., Böhlke, J.K., and Richards, K.D., 2005, Water-quality data from two agricultural drainage basins in Northwestern Indiana and Northeastern Illinois: I. lagrangian and synoptic Data, 1999-2002: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1317, 216 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 4.9 MB)

Hart, R.J., Taylor, H.E., Antweiler, R.C., Graham, D.D., Fisk, G.G., Riggins, S.G., and Flynn, M.E., 2005, Sediment chemistry of the Colorado River delta of Lake Powell, Utah, 2001: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1178, 33 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 2.91 MB)

Hart, R.J., Taylor, H.E., Fisk, R.C., Anderson, G.M., Roth, D.A., Flynn, M.E., Peart, D.B., Truini, M., and Barber, L.B., 2005, Physical and chemical characteristics of Knowles, Forgotten, and Moqui Canyons, and effects of recreational use on water quality, Lake Powell, Arizona and Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5120, 43 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 1.9 MB)

Mast, M.A., Campbell, D.H., Krabbenhoft, D.P., and Taylor, H.E., 2005, Mercury transport in a high-elevation watershed in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, v. 164, p. 21-42. (on-line abstract of journal article)

McCleskey, R.B., Ball, J.W., Nordstrom, D.K., Holloway, J.M., and Taylor, H.E., 2005, Water-chemistry data for selected springs, geysers, and streams in Yellowstone National Park Wyoming, 2001-2002: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1316, 94 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 10 MB)

Monroe, S.A., Antweiler, R.C., Hart, R.J., Taylor, H.E., Truini, M., Rihs, J.R., and Felger, T.J., 2005, Chemical characteristics of ground-water discharge along the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 2000-2001: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5146, 59 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 37.2 MB)

Taylor, H.E., Roth, D.A., and Antweiler, R.C., 2005 , Dissolved major cations and trace elements, in Schuster, P.F., ed., Water and sediment quality in the Yukon River Basin, Alaska, during water year 2003: U.S. Geological Survey Report 2005-1397, chapt. 4, p. 25-41. (on-line chapter in pdf format).

Taylor, H.E., Roth, D.A., and Antweiler, R.C., 2005, Dissolved trace metals, in Schuster, P.F., ed., Water and sediment quality in the Yukon River Basin, Alaska, during water year 2002: U.S. Geological Survey Report 2005-1199, p. 25-49. chapt. 4, p. 25-49.(on-line chapter in pdf format).

Verplanck, P.L., Taylor, H.E., Nordstrom, D.K., and Barber, L.B., 2005, Aqueous stability of gadolinium in surface waters receiving sewage treatment plant effluent, Boulder Creek, Colorado: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 39, p. 6923-6929. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Abbott, M., Einerson, J., Schuster, P., Susong, D., and Taylor, H.E., 2004, Trace elements and common ions in southeastern Idaho snow: regional air pollutant traces for source area emissions: Fuel Processing Technology, v. 85, no. 6-7, p. 657-671. (on-line abstract)

Campbell, D.H., Mast, M.A., Ingersoll, G.P., Manthorne, D., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Taylor, H.E., Airen, G.R., Schuster, P.F., and Reddy, M.M., 2004, Atmospheric Deposition and fate of mercury in high-altitude watersheds of the Rocky Mountains: EOS Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 84, p. 46.

Hunerlach, M.P., Alpers, C.N., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Taylor, H.E., and De Wild, J.F., 2004, Geochemistry of mercury and other trace elements in fluvial tailings upstream of Daguerre Point Dam, Yuba River, California, August 2001: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5165. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 20,423 KB)

Verplanck, P.I., Nordstrom, D.K., Taylor, H.E., and Kimball, B.A., 2004, Rare earth element partitioning between hydrous ferric oxides and acid mine water during iron oxidation: Applied Geochemistry, v. 19, p. 1339-1354. (on-line abstract)

Barber, L.B., Antweiler, R.C., Brown, G.K., Keefe, S.H., Peart, D.B., Plowman, T.I., Roth, D.A., and Taylor, H.E., 2003, Organic and trace element contaminants in water, biota, sediments, and semi-permeable membrane devices at the Tres Rios Demonstration Wetlands, Phoenix, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 03-4129, 88 p.

Benson, L.V., Barber, D., Andrews, J.T., Taylor, H.E., and Lamothe, P., 2003, Rare-earth elements and Nd and Pb isotopes as source indicators for Labrador Sea clay-size sediments during Heinrich event 2: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 22, p. 881-889. (on-line abstract)

Benson, L., Cordell, L., Vincent, K., Taylor, H., Stein, J., Farmer, G.L., and Futa, K., 2003, Ancient maize from Chacoan great houses: Where was it grown: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 100, no. 22, pgs. 13111-13225. (on-line abstract)

Clow, D.W., Sickman, J.O., Striegl, R.G., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Elliott, J.G., Dornblaser, M., Roth, D.A., and Campbell, D.H., 2003, Changes in the chemistry of lakes and precipitation in high-elevation national parks in the western United States, 1985 -1999: Water Resources Research, v. 39, no. 6, (on-line abstract)

Landers, D.H., Simonich, S.L., Campbell, D.H., Erway, M.M., Geiser, L.H., Jaffe, D.A., Kent, M.L., Shreck, C.B., Blett, T.F., and Taylor, H.E., 2003, Western Airborne Contaminants Assessment Program Research Plan: US Environmental Protection Agency EPA/600/R-03/035, 115 p. and appendices.

Schuster, P.F., Reddy, M.M., LaBaugh, J.W., Parkhurst, R.S., Rosenberry, D.O., Winter, T.C., Antweiler, R.C., and Dean, W.E., 2003, Characterization of lake and ground water movement in the littoral zone of Williams Lake, a closed basin lake in north-central Minnesota: Hydrologic Processes, v. 17; no. 4; p. 823-838. (on-line abstract)

Taylor, H.E., Roth, D.A., and Antweiler, R.C., 2003, Dissolved trace metals in Schuster, P.F., ed., Water and sediment quality in the Yukon River Basin, Alaska, during water year 2001: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-427, p. 27-32.

Taylor, H.E., Spence, J.R., Antweiler, R.C., Berghoff, K., Plowman, T.J., Peart, D.B., and Roth, D.A., 2003, Water quality and quantity of selected springs and seeps along the Colorado River corridor, Utah and Arizona - Arches National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area and Grand Canyon National Park, 1997-98: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-496, 31 p.

Verplanck, P.L., McCleskey, R.B., and Roth, D.A., 2003, Inorganic water chemistry of the Boulder Creek Watershed, Colorado, during high-flow and low-flow conditions, 2000, Chapter 4 in Murphy, S.F., Verplanck, P.L., and Barber, L.B., eds., Comprehensive water quality of the Boulder Creek Watershed, Colorado, during high-flow and low-flow conditions, 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 03-4045, p. 71-102. (on-line chapter in pdf format)

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PROJECT, CONTACT:
Howard E. Taylor
U.S. Geological Survey, 3215 Marine St., Boulder, CO
Email: hetaylor@usgs.gov
Telephone: 303-541-3007

Ronald C. Antweiler
U.S. Geological Survey, 3215 Marine St., Boulder, CO
Email: antweil@usgs.gov
Telephone: 303-541-3047

Dale B. Peart
U.S. Geological Survey, 3215 Marine St., Boulder, CO
Email: dbpeart@usgs.gov
Telephone: 303-541-3046

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