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Mercury Cycling in the Hells Canyon Complex of Reservoirs

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Date published: February 22, 2021

Idaho Hydrologic Update, February 2021

February 2021 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center.

Date published: January 25, 2021

USGS at the 31st Annual Idaho Water Quality Workshop

The 31st Annual Idaho Water Quality Workshop will be held online January 26-28, 2021.

Date published: January 19, 2021

Idaho Hydrologic Update, January 2021

January 2021 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center.

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Year Published: 2021

Multilevel groundwater monitoring of hydraulic head, water temperature, and chemical constituents in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, 2014–18

Radiochemical and chemical wastewater discharged to infiltration ponds and disposal wells since the early 1950s at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), southeastern Idaho, has affected the water quality of the eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP) aquifer. In 2006, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy,...

Twining, Brian V.; Bartholomay, Roy C.; Fisher, Jason C.; Anderson, Calvin
Twining, B.V., Bartholomay, R.C., Fisher, J.C., and Anderson, C., 2021, Multilevel groundwater monitoring of hydraulic head, water temperature, and chemical constituents in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, 2014–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5002, 82 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215002.

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Microplastics in the Delaware River, northeastern United States

Microplastics are a contaminant of increasing concern in aquatic environments. Our understanding of microplastics in freshwater environments has increased dramatically over the past decade, but we still lack information on microplastic occurrence and biological uptake in National Park Service (NPS) waters. During 2015–19, the U.S. Geological...

Baldwin, Austin K.; Spanjer, Andrew R.; Hayhurst, Brett; Hamilton, Donald
Baldwin, A.K., Spanjer, A.R., Hayhurst, B., and Hamilton, D., 2021, Microplastics in the Delaware River, northeastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020-3071, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203071.

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Effect of organic matter concentration and characteristics on mercury mobilization and methylmercury production at an abandoned mine site

Thousands of abandoned mines throughout the western region of North America contain elevated total-mercury (THg) concentrations. Mercury is mobilized from these sites primarily due to erosion of particulate-bound Hg (THg-P). Organic matter-based soil amendments can promote vegetation growth on mine tailings, reducing erosion and subsequent loading...

Eckley, Chris S.; Luxton, Todd P.; Stanfield, Brooks; Baldwin, Austin K.; Holloway, JoAnn; McKernan, John; Johnson, Mark