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Monitoring plan for mercury in fish tissue and water from the Boise River, Snake River, and Brownlee Reservoir, Idaho and Oregon

Open-File Report 2013-1068

Prepared in cooperation with the City of Boise
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DOI:10.3133/ofr20131068

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Abstract

The methylmercury criterion adopted as a water-quality standard in the State of Idaho is a concentration in fish tissue rather than a concentration in water. A plan for monitoring mercury in fish tissue and water was developed to evaluate whether fish in the Boise River, Idaho, upstream and downstream of wastewater-treatment plant discharges, meet the methylmercury water-quality criterion. Monitoring also will be conducted at sites on the Snake River, upstream and downstream of the confluence with the Boise River, and in Brownlee Reservoir, which lies along the border between Idaho and Oregon. Descriptions of standard procedures for collecting and processing samples and quality assurance steps are included. This monitoring plan is intended to provide a framework for cooperative methylmercury sampling in the lower Boise River basin.

Suggested Citation

Mebane, C.A., and MacCoy, D.E., 2013, Monitoring plan for mercury in fish tissue and water from the Boise River, Snake River, and Brownlee Reservoir, Idaho and Oregon (ver. 1.1, December 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Open- File Report 2013–1068, 26 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1068/.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Background and Objectives
  • Project Description
  • Field Sampling and Sample Processing
  • Laboratory Methods
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control 
  • Reporting
  • References Cited
  • Appendix A–D

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Monitoring plan for mercury in fish tissue and water from the Boise River, Snake River, and Brownlee Reservoir, Idaho and Oregon
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2013-1068
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20131068
Edition:
Version 1.0: Originally poster September 10, 2013; Version 1.1: December 1 2016
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Idaho Water Science Center
Description:
Report: iv, 26 p.; Appendix B
Country:
United States
State:
Idaho;Oregon
Other Geospatial:
Boise River;Brownlee Reservoir;Snake River
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y