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Chemistry Data from Southern Florida Canals Collected in Support of the Aquatic Cycling of Mercury in the Everglades Project

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1996-12-07
End Date
2019

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Varonka, M.S., Orem, W.H., Lerch, H.E., Corum, M.D., Bates, A.L., Botterell, P.J., and Schell, T.M., 2020, Chemistry Data from Southern Florida Canals Collected in Support of the Aquatic Cycling of Mercury in the Everglades Project: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9J7OY4T.

Summary

Several canals in southern Florida run from Lake Okeechobee through the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) and feed water to the northern Everglades. Agricultural and water-management practices affect the water quality of these canals. Fertilizers added in the EAA flow into the canals and are transported to treatment areas which remove much of the phosphorous in the water, but are not as effective in removing dissolved sulfate. Elevated sulfate concentrations, found downstream in the Water Conservation Areas in the northern Everglades, can stimulate sulfur-reducing bacteria which can also convert inorganic mercury to methyl mercury, a bioaccumulative neurotoxin. Chemistry data at 25 canal sites in southern Florida were sampled for [...]

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Purpose

Data were collected to assess long-term trends in water quality of canals in southern Florida.

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  • Geology, Energy & Minerals (GEM) Science Center
  • USGS Data Release Products

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