State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008GA175B
Title: Assessing the impacts of a major wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp on mercury levels in resident macroinvertebrates
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/ 01/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: 10
Focus Categories: None
Principal Investigators: Batzer, Darold Paul (University of Georgia); Batzer, Darold Paul (University of Georgia)
Federal Funds: $ 18,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 36,001
Abstract: Recent major wildfires this past summer burned much of the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia. Because the wetland already had problems with mercury toxins accumulating in resident biota (fish, invertebrates), concerns have developed that the fires might exacerbate the problem. I have extensive baseline pre-fire data on mercury levels in Okefenokee invertebrates. I propose resampling mercury levels in Okefenokee invertebrates post-fire using the same methodology as before, and assessing how mercury levels have been affected by the fire. This proposal is designed to permit immediate collection of data to capture near-term effects of the fires, and provide a basis for future larger proposals to assess longer-term and more widespread effects.

Progress/Completion Report, 2008, PDF
Progress/Completion Report, 2009, PDF

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