Sediment deposition into Lewis and Clark Lake, an impoundment of the Missouri River, has caused substantial storage capacity reductions. Current proposals to hydrologically flush sediment would disturb river and reservoir sediment that may contain heavy metals. We quantified existing concentrations of selenium (Se), mercury (Hg), and methylmercury (MeHg) in surficial sediments upstream of and in Lewis and Clark Lake. We found elevated levels of Se (range 0.12-9.62 μg/g) and Hg (range 0.02-1.55 μg/g) at several sites throughout the study area; however, few sites contained levels of MeHg above detection limits. Sites with highest MeHg concentrations were found in Lewis and Clark Lake and ranged from below detection limit to 0.79 ng/g. We conclude that further investigation of sediment-sequestered contaminants in Lewis and Clark Lake should be conducted.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology|
|State||Published - Mar 2010|
- Lewis and Clark Lake
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis