State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project Id: 2010PA125B
Title: Predicting Total Mercury in Pennsylvania Soils in Order to Predict Pennsylvania Watersheds with the Highest Total Mercury Contents
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2010
End Date: 2/28/2011
Congressional District: PA-005
Focus Categories: Water Quality, Sediments
Keywords: Mercury, soil, water quality
Principal Investigator: Drohan, Pat
Federal Funds: $ 17,373
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 34,767
Abstract: Regional, mercury (Hg) emitting, coal-fired power plants, manufacturing and waste incineration, along with high amounts of annual precipitation, result in Pennsylvania receiving some of the heaviest loads of atmospheric Hg deposition in the United States. While much research has examined Hg accumulation in water bodies, there has been limited assessment of Hg accumulation in soils, especially over a great aerial extent and with depth. This proposal addresses the identified gap in knowledge by examining atmospheric deposition loads and soil Hg contents across Pennsylvania, in order to identify watersheds at greatest risk to Hg pollution.

Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF

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