California Water Science Center

Mercury studies in the Yolo Bypass, California


The USGS has conducted several studies since 2003 related to mercury cycling in agricultural and managed wetlands in the Yolo Bypass, an area near Sacramento, California. The Yolo Bypass is managed for multiple uses - its primary function is for flood control, protecting the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento from flows greater than 100,000 cubic feet per second on the Sacramento River. Other land uses in the Yolo Bypass include agriculture, ranching, and wildlife habitat. The California Department of Fish and Game maintains the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (YBWA), approximately 15,000 acres to the south of the Interstate-80 causeway. The YBWA is the location for the recent field studies by USGS.

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Updated January 14, 2011. Contact for additional information.

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