WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL
Project ID: NJ941
Title: A Continuation Proposal: Factors controlling methylmercury degradation in Pine Barrens lakes and the Meadowlands
Focus Categories: Toxic Substances, Non Point Pollution
Keywords: lakes, Pine Barrens, atmospheric deposition, degradation, ecosystem, mercury, methylmercury
Start Date: 03/01/2001
End Date: 02/28/2002
Federal Funds: $30,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $29,775
Congressional District: 6
Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University
Assistant Professor, Auburn University
The priority issue addressed concerns the integrity of aquatic and water associated ecosystems. Linkage between indicators and causal factors of ecosystem degradation is explored.
Mercury concentrations in fish of the Pine Barren lakes are elevated as a consequence of atmospheric deposition of mercury (Hg) and in-lake methylation processes. Tissue concentrations of mercury in fish collected from different lakes suggests that production of methylmercury (MM) is affected by factors that are unique to each lake, such as physico-chemical and biological parameters.