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San Francisco Bay, CA

Lake Coeur d'Alene, ID

Lahonton Reservoir, NV

Camp Far West Reservoir, CA

Guadalupe River Watershed, CA

Upper Klamath Lake, OR



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San Francisco Bay, California

San Francisco Bay is a large, highly-urbanized estuary. Our project has focused on the southern component, which is a mix of seawater, direct run-off, and significant input from municipal treatment plants. This complex combination of sources, as well as the history of extensive local mercury mining, presents a dynamic chemical composition of the estuarine water and the sediment below. Our work predominantly studies how the porewater within that sediment can act as a source (and also a sink) of contaminants and other solutes for the overlying water.

In 2008, a study was commissioned to investigate the consumption of oxygen by the sediments of former salt ponds near Alviso, California. Results of this study can be found here, or from the list below.

In addition, investigations into nutrient flux from the sediment in North San Francisco Bay (including Grizzly Bay and Honker Bay) were also undertaken in 2008. These results were published in late 2009.

Related Publications:

 Internal Nutrient Sources and Dissolved Nutrient Distributions in Alviso Salt Pond A3W, California [Link]

Benthic Flux of Nutrients and Trace Metals in the Northern Component of San Francisco Bay, California

Benthic Oxygen Demand in Three Former Salt Ponds Adjacent to South San Francisco Bay, California

Sediment Remobilization of Mercury in South San Francisco Bay, California

Benthic Flux of Dissolved Nickel into the Water Column of South San Francisco Bay

Dissolved Nickel and Benthic Flux in South San Francisco Bay: A Potential for Natural Sources to Dominate

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