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Clear Lake, Upper Cache Creek, and Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine

The USEPA sponsored a large mercury research effort at Clear Lake during the 1990s. This work was done primarily by U.C. Davis scientists at the Clear Lake Environmental Research Laboratory. Several of these researchers now work for the USGS Western Ecological Research Center.

Photograph of Clear Lake with Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine and Herman Impoundment in the foreground.

Photograph of Clear Lake with Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine and Herman Impoundment in the foreground. From: Suchanek, T.H. (ed.), 2008, Special Issue - Mercury cycling and bioaccumulation in a mine-dominated aquatic ecosystem: Clear Lake, California: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A1-A2. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Reports

Anderson, D.W., Suchanek, T.H., Eagles-Smith, C.A., and Cahill., T., 2008,
Mercury residues in ospreys and grebes in a mine-dominated ecosystem: Clear Lake, California: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A227-A238. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Eagles-Smith, C.A., Suchanek, T.H., Colwell, A.E., Anderson, N.L., and Moyle, P.B., 2008,
Changes in fish diets and food web mercury bioaccumulation induced by an invasive planktivorous fish: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A213-A226. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Eagles-Smith, C.A., Suchanek, T.H., Colwell, A.E., and Anderson, N.L., 2008,
Mercury trophic transfer in a eutrophic lake: the importance of habitat-specific foraging: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A196-A212. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Lowry, G.V., Shaw, S., Kim, C.S., Rytuba, J.J., and Brown Jr., G.E., 2004,
Macroscopic and microscopic observations of particle-facilitated mercury transport from New Idria and Sulphur Bank mercury mine tailings: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 38(19), p. 5101-5111.

Osleger, D.A., Zierenberg, R.A., Suchanek, T.H., Stoner, J.S., Morgan, S., and Adam, D.P., 2008,
Clear Lake sediments: anthropogenic changes in physical sedimentology and magnetic response: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A239-A256. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Richerson, P.J., Suchanek, T.H., Zierenberg, R., Osleger, D., Heyvaert, A., Slotton, D., Eagles-Smith, C.A., and Vaugh, C., 2008,
Anthropogenic stressors and changes in the Clear Lake ecosystem as recorded in sediment cores: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A257-A283. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Suchanek, T.H. (ed.), 2008,
Special Issue - Mercury cycling and bioaccumulation in a mine-dominated aquatic ecosystem: Clear Lake, California: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A1-A2. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Suchanek, T.H., Cooke, J., Keller, K., Jorgensen, S., Richerson, P.J., Eagles-Smith, C.A., Harner, E.J., and Adam, D.P., 2009,
A mass balance mercury budget for a mine-dominated lake: Clear Lake, California: Water, Air and Soil Pollution, v. 196, p. 51-73. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Suchanek, T.H., Eagles-Smith, C.A., Slotton, D.G., Harner, E.J., Colwell, A.E., Anderson, N.L., Mullen, L., Flanders, J., Adam, D., and McElroy, K., 2008,
Spatio-temporal trends of mercury in fish from a mine-dominated ecosystem at Clear Lake, California: individual, species, and population trends: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A177-A195. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Suchanek, T.H., Eagles-Smith, C.A., Slotton, D.G., Harner, E.J., Adam, D., Colwell, A.E., Anderson, N.L., and Woodward, D., 2008,
Mine-derived mercury: effects on lower trophic species in Clear Lake, California. Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A158-A176. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Suchanek, T.H., Eagles-Smith, C.A., Harner, E.J., and Adam, D., 2008,
Mercury in abiotic compartments of Clear Lake, California: human health and ecotoxicological implications. Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A128-A157. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Suchanek, T.H., Eagles-Smith, C.A., Harner, E.J., 2008,
Is Clear Lake methylmercury decoupled from bulk mercury loading? Implications for lake management and TMDL implementation: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A107-A127. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Suchanek, T.H., Richerson, P.J., Nelson, D.C., Eagles-Smith, C.A., Anderson, D.W., Cech, Jr., J.J., Zierenberg, R., Schladow, G., Mount, J.F., McHatton, S.C., Slotton, D.G., Webber, L.B., Swisher, B.J., and Sexton, M., 2003,
Evaluating and managing a multiply stressed ecosystem at Clear Lake, California: A holistic ecosystem approach. In: D.J. Rapport, W.L. Lasley, D.E. Rolston, N.O. Nielsen, C.O. Qualset, and A.B. Damania (eds.) Managing for Healthy Ecosystems, Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, Florida USA, Chapter 121, p. 1239-1271.

Suchanek, T.H., Richerson, P.J., Zierenberg, R.A., Eagles-Smith, C.A., Slotton, D.G., Harner, E.J., Osleger, D.A., Anderson, D.W., Cech Jr., J.J., Schladow, S.G., Colwell, A.E., Mount, J.F., King, P.S., Adam, D.P., and McElroy, K.J., 2008,
The legacy of mercury cycling from mining sources in an aquatic ecosystem: from ore to organism: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A12-A28. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

Weiner, J.G., and Suchanek, T.H., 2008,
The basis for ecotoxicological concern in aquatic ecosystems contaminated by historical mercury mining: Ecological Applications, v. 18(8) Supplement, p. A3-A11. http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/18/sp8

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