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Mercury Cycling in the Environment

Mercury cycling pathways in aquatic environments are very complex. The various forms of mercury can be converted from one to the next; most important is the conversion to methylmercury (CH3Hg+), the most toxic form. Ultimately, mercury ends up in the sediments, fish and wildlife, or evades back to the atmosphere by volatilization.

mercury cycleAquatic Mercury Cycle

At right, Figure 6 shows a schematic drawing of mercury cycling in an aquatic ecosystem.1 With the exception of isolated cases of known point sources, the ultimate source of mercury to most aquatic ecosystems is deposition from the atmosphere, primarily associated with rainfall.

As depicted in this figure, atmospheric deposition contains the three principal forms of mercury, although the majority is as inorganic mercury (Hg2+, ionic mercury). Once in surface water, mercury enters a complex cycle in which one form can be converted to another. It can be brought to the sediments by particle settling and then later released by diffusion or resuspension. It can enter the food chain, or it can be released back to the atmosphere by volatilization.

The concentration of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and pH have a strong effect on the ultimate fate of mercury in an ecosystem. Studies have shown that for the same species of fish taken from the same region, increasing the acidity of the water (decreasing pH) and/or the DOC content generally results in higher body burdens in fish. Many scientists currently think that higher acidity and DOC levels enhance the mobility of mercury in the environment, thus making it more likely to enter the food chain.

Many of the details of the aquatic mercury cycle are still unknown, however, and remain areas of active research.

How does mercury enter the food chain?

The exact mechanism(s) by which mercury enters the food chain remain largely unknown, and probably vary among ecosystems. We do know, however, that certain bacteria play an important early role. Studies have shown that bacteria that process sulfate (SO4=) in the environment take up mercury in its inorganic form, and through metabolic processes convert it to methylmercury. The conversion of inorganic mercury to methylmercury is important for two reasons: (1) methylmercury is much more toxic than inorganic mercury, and (2) organisms require considerably longer to eliminate methylmercury. At this point, the methylmercury-containing bacteria may be consumed by the next higher level in the food chain, or the bacteria may release the methylmercury to the water where it can quickly adsorb to plankton, which are also consumed by the next level in the food chain.

Where does atmospheric mercury come from?

There are many sources of mercury to the environment, both natural and man related. Natural sources include volcanoes, natural mercury deposits, and volatilization from the ocean. The primary human-related sources include: coal combustion, chlorine alkali processing, waste incineration, and metal processing. Best estimates to date suggest that human activities have about doubled or tripled the amount of mercury in the atmosphere, and the atmospheric burden is increasing by about 1.5 percent per year.

Has there always been mercury contamination, or is this a recent problem?

This is a difficult question to answer, in part because of a lack of adequately preserved fish specimens of preindustrial age to compare against contemporary samples. However, several lines of evidence from recent studies on Wisconsin lakes suggest that increase pemissions to the atmosphere, and subsequent higher deposition rates to lakes, likely translate into higher mercury levels in fish. Although the total amount of mercury delivered to one of these lakes annually is very small it is strongly absorbed by organic material floating in the water such as plankton or bacteria. These microorganisms are consumed by organisms higher in the food chain, or after dying, settle to the bottom of the lake and are incorporated into bottom sediments. Studies of sediment cores show that younger sediments deposited since industrialization have mercury concentrations that are about 3-5 times that of historical sediments. Thus, the fact that these sediments are primarily composed of dead microorganisms that were once the bottom of the food chain would suggest that modern levels of mercury in the food chain are elevated over preindustrial times.

If human-related emissions could be eliminated or reduced, how long would it take for ecosystems to recover?

The only way to attempt to answer this question is to incorporate all the best information currently available on how mercury behaves in the environment into a computer model. Such a model was constructed as part of the research effort on northern Wisconsin lakes. Modeled scenarios predict that if emissions could be reduced by 5 percent, it would take 8 years before any change in fish concentrations would be observed, and the decrease would be small.

FS 216-95

Read a more complete explanation of the mercury cycle:

USFS Fact Sheet FS 216-95, Mercury Contamination of Aquatic Ecosystems, by Dave Krabbenhoft and David Rickert (1995).





1) Figure 6 reprinted with permission from Mercury Pollution: Integration and Synthesis. Copyright Lewis Publishers, an imprint of CRC Press.


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ranked,FOX LAKE NEAR LAKE VILLA, IL 05547000: Stage=2.95ft,Floodstage=6ft,2024-02-26 17:45,Not ranked,CHANNEL LAKE NEAR ANTIOCH, IL 05545750: Flow=566cfs,Stage=6.702ft,Floodstage=11ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,FOX RIVER NEAR NEW MUNSTER, WI 05544475: Stage=4.50ft,Floodstage=6ft,2024-02-26 17:45,Not ranked,FOX RIVER AT ROCHESTER, WI 05544385: Stage=11.65ft,2024-02-26 17:45,Not ranked,MUSKEGO (BIG MUSKEGO) LAKE OUTLET NR WIND LAKE, WI 05544348: Stage=1.70ft,2024-02-26 17:45,Not ranked,FOX RIVER AT WATERFORD DAM, AT WATERFORD, WI 05435950: Flow=45.7cfs,Stage=2.98ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,SUGAR RIVER NEAR VERONA, WI 05435943: Flow=9.17cfs,Stage=4.23ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,BADGER MILL CREEK AT VERONA, WI 05431022: Flow=0.38cfs,Stage=5.17ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,DELAVAN LAKE OUTLET AT BORG ROAD NEAR DELAVAN, WI 05431016: Flow=10.9cfs,Stage=8.55ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,JACKSON CREEK AT MOUND ROAD NEAR ELKHORN, WI 05429700: Flow=216cfs,Stage=6.68ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,YAHARA RIVER @ FORTON STREET BRIDGE @ STOUGHTON,WI 05429485: Stage=3.42ft,2024-02-26 17:10,Not ranked,LAKE WAUBESA AT MC FARLAND, WI 05429000: Stage=3.62ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,LAKE MONONA AT MADISON, WI 05428500: Flow=87.8cfs,Stage=3.86ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,YAHARA RIVER AT EAST MAIN STREET AT MADISON, WI 05428000: Stage=8.93ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,LAKE MENDOTA AT MADISON, WI 05427943: Flow=4.10cfs,Stage=4.13ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,PHEASANT BRANCH AT AIRPORT ROAD NEAR MIDDLETON, WI 05427930: Flow=6.08cfs,Stage=9.73ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,DORN (SPRING) CREEK AT CT HIGHWAY M NR WAUNAKEE,WI 05427927: Flow=5.54cfs,Stage=0.34ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,DORN (SPRING) CREEK @ CT HIGHWAY Q NR WAUNAKEE, WI 05427910: Flow=32.3cfs,Stage=9.12ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,SIXMILE CREEK @ COUNTY TRNK HGHWY M NR WAUNAKEE,WI 05427880: Flow=11.4cfs,Stage=2.39ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,SIXMILE CREEK AT STATE HIGHWAY 19 NEAR WAUNAKEE,WI 05427850: Flow=-0.30cfs,Stage=9.01ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,YAHARA RIVER AT STATE HIGHWAY 113 AT MADISON, WI 05427530: Flow=1100cfs,Stage=2.29ft,Floodstage=6.5ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,ROCK RIVER AT NEWVILLE, WI 05427235: Stage=5.93ft,Floodstage=10ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,LAKE KOSHKONONG NEAR NEWVILLE, WI 05427085: Flow=1610cfs,Stage=11.13ft,Floodstage=16ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,ROCK RIVER AT FORT ATKINSON, WI 05426067: Flow=24.6cfs,Stage=12.56ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,BARK RIVER AT NAGAWICKA ROAD AT DELAFIELD, WI 05426031: Stage=4.49ft,Floodstage=10ft,2024-02-26 15:45,Not ranked,ROCK RIVER AT JEFFERSON, WI 05424057: Flow=205cfs,Stage=6.37ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,ROCK RIVER AT HORICON, WI 05414820: Stage=4.49ft,2024-02-26 17:15:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,SINSINAWA RIVER NEAR MENOMINEE, IL 05414213: Flow=2120cfs,2023-10-14 05:00,Not ranked,LITTLE PLATTE RIVER NEAR PLATTEVILLE, WI 05411500: Stage=11.69ft,2024-02-26 17:45,Not ranked,Mississippi River at Clayton, IA 05408000: Stage=3.12ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=12ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,KICKAPOO RIVER AT LA FARGE, WI 05407468: Stage=8.57ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=16ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,KICKAPOO R @ ST HWY 131 AT ONTARIO, WI 05406479: Flow=19.9cfs,Stage=2.70ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,BLACK EARTH CK NR TREATMENT PLNT @ CROSS PLAINS,WI 05406469: Flow=2.27cfs,Stage=2.17ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,BREWERY CREEK-UPSTREAM SITE-AT CROSS PLAINS, WI 05406457: Flow=13.6cfs,Stage=2.05ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,BLACK EARTH CREEK NR BREWERY RD AT CROSS PLAINS,WI 05405000: Stage=7.81ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=16ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,BARABOO RIVER NEAR BARABOO, WI 05404500: Stage=6.48ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,DEVILS LAKE NEAR BARABOO, WI 05404129: Stage=5.95ft,Floodstage=15ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,BARABOO RIVER AT LA VALLE, WI 05403000: Flow=220cfs,Stage=9.91ft,Floodstage=15ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,YELLOW RIVER AT NECEDAH, WI 05402000: Stage=2.23ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=12ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,YELLOW RIVER AT BABCOCK, WI 05401514: Flow=15.5cfs,Stage=4.52ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,BIG ROCHE A CRI CREEK AT HWY G NR LEOLA, WI 05401063: Stage=95.36ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,LAKE HURON NEAR PLAINFIELD, WI 05401034: Flow=5.53cfs,Stage=3.21ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,S.BR.TENMILE CREEK NEAR BANCROFT, WI 05400625: Flow=4.55cfs,Stage=3.13ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,LITTLE PLOVER RIVER NEAR PLOVER, WI 05399500: Stage=1.94ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=15.5ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,BIG EAU PLEINE RIVER AT STRATFORD, WI 05397500: Stage=0.56ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=9ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,EAU CLAIRE RIVER AT KELLY, WI 05396000: Stage=2.30ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=10ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,BIG RIB RIVER AT RIB FALLS, WI 05393500: Stage=1.55ft,2024-02-26 17:30:00,Floodstage=8ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,SPIRIT RIVER AT SPIRIT FALLS, WI 05390500: Stage=93.27ft,2024-02-26 17:30,Not ranked,ANVIL LAKE NEAR EAGLE RIVER, WI 05390100: Stage=79.48ft,2024-02-26 16:45,Not ranked,LAC VIEUX DESERT NEAR LAND O\'LAKES, WI 05389500: Stage=7.57ft,Floodstage=16ft,2024-02-26 17:45,Not ranked,Mississippi River at McGregor, IA 05386400: Stage=30.94ft,2024-02-26 17:45,Not ranked,MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT BROWNSVILLE, MN 05383075: Flow=318cfs,Stage=2.50ft,Floodstage=7.5ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,LA CROSSE RIVER NEAR LA CROSSE, WI 05382325: Flow=143cfs,Stage=3.57ft,Floodstage=8.5ft,2024-02-26 17:15,Not ranked,LA CROSSE RIVER AT SPARTA, WI 05382284: Stage=5.77ft,2024-02-26 16:45:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,SILVER CREEK AT STATE HIGHWAY 21 NEAR ANGELO, WI 05382267: Stage=5.86ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=11ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,LA CROSSE RIVER @ CNTY TRUNK HIGHWY BB NR TOMAH,WI 05382257: Flow=0.86cfs,Stage=1.64ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,STILLWELL CREEK AT YARD ROAD NEAR TOMAH, WI 05382255: Stage=1.28ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,STILLWELL CREEK AT SIXTEENTH COURT NEAR TOMAH, WI 05381000: Stage=3.35ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=18ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,BLACK RIVER AT NEILLSVILLE, WI 05379400: Flow=317cfs,Stage=3.34ft,Floodstage=8ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,TREMPEALEAU RIVER AT ARCADIA, WI 05378500: Stage=5.71ft,2024-02-26 17:45:00,Floodstage=13ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT WINONA, MN 05378490: Stage=5.97ft,Floodstage=655ft,2024-02-26 17:15,Not ranked,MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT LOCK AND DAM 5A NR WINONA, MN 05366800: Flow=2780cfs,Stage=4.19ft,Floodstage=773ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,CHIPPEWA R AT GRAND AVE AT EAU CLAIRE, WI 05365550: Flow=2450cfs,Stage=4.77ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,CHIPPEWA RIVER BELOW DELLS DAM AT EAU CLAIRE, WI 05362000: Stage=3.47ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,JUMP RIVER AT SHELDON, WI 05359500: Stage=4.98ft,2024-02-26 17:45:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,SOUTH FORK FLAMBEAU RIVER NEAR PHILLIPS, WI 05357335: Flow=24.4cfs,Stage=3.26ft,2024-02-26 17:15,Not ranked,BEAR RIVER NEAR MANITOWISH WATERS, WI 05344490: Flow=3650cfs,Stage=25.36ft,2024-02-26 17:15,Not ranked,ST. CROIX RIVER AT PRESCOTT, WI 05342000: Flow=91.8cfs,Stage=8.18ft,2024-02-26 17:30,Not ranked,KINNICKINNIC RIVER NEAR RIVER FALLS, WI 05331833: Flow=90.0cfs,Stage=1.69ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,NAMEKAGON RIVER AT LEONARDS, WI 04087234: Flow=88.3cfs,Stage=4.82ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,ROOT RIVER AT 60TH ST NEAR CALEDONIA, WI 04087214: Flow=5.94cfs,Stage=10.72ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,ROOT RIVER AT GRANGE AVENUE AT GREENDALE, WI 04087170: Flow=2430cfs,Stage=8.58ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,MILWAUKEE RIVER AT MOUTH AT MILWAUKEE, WI 04087142: Flow=-68.6cfs,Stage=12.92ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,MENOMONEE RIVER AT 16TH STREET AT MILWAUKEE, WI 04087119: Flow=4.82cfs,Stage=9.94ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,HONEY CREEK AT WAUWATOSA, WI 04087070: Flow=14.2cfs,Stage=4.06ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,LITTLE MENOMONEE RIVER AT MILWAUKEE, WI 04087050: Flow=6.95cfs,Stage=2.34ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,LITTLE MENOMONEE RIVER NEAR FREISTADT, WI 04085427: Stage=4.87ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=10ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,MANITOWOC RIVER AT MANITOWOC, WI 04085200: Stage=9.08ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=14ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,KEWAUNEE RIVER NEAR KEWAUNEE, WI 04085108: Stage=4.93ft,2024-02-26 17:05:00,Floodstage=13ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,EAST RIVER @ CNTY TRUNK HIGHWAY ZZ NR GREENLEAF,WI 04085068: Flow=0.29cfs,Stage=3.07ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,ASHWAUBENON CREEK NEAR LITTLE RAPIDS, WI 04084911: Stage=2.41ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,PLUM CREEK NEAR WRIGHTSTOWN, WI 04084255: Stage=1.35ft,Floodstage=6ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,LAKE WINNEBAGO NEAR STOCKBRIDGE, WI 04083545: Flow=70.6cfs,Stage=1.62ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,FOND DU LAC RIVER @ W. ARNDT ST. AT FOND DU LAC,WI 04082500: Stage=1.45ft,Floodstage=3.7ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,LAKE WINNEBAGO AT OSHKOSH, WI 04080798: Flow=24.7cfs,Stage=8.52ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,TOMORROW RIVER NEAR NELSONVILLE, WI 04079000: Stage=2.07ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=9ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,WOLF RIVER AT NEW LONDON, WI 04074950: Stage=7.79ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=11.5ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,WOLF RIVER AT LANGLADE, WI 04073466: Flow=20.9cfs,2024-02-26 16:55,Stage=6.37ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Not ranked,SILVER CREEK AT SPAULDING ROAD NEAR GREEN LAKE, WI 04073462: Not ranked,Ice affected,WHITE CREEK AT SPRING GROVE ROAD NR GREEN LAKE, WI 04073458: Flow=0.00cfs,Stage=3.79ft,2024-02-26 17:04,Not ranked,ROY CREEK AT ROY CREEK ROAD NEAR GREEN LAKE, WI 04073365: Flow=695cfs,Stage=4.63ft,Floodstage=9.5ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,FOX RIVER AT PRINCETON, WI 04073240: Flow=10.2cfs,Stage=3.58ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,CHAFFEE CREEK AT I-39 NEAR COLOMA, WI 04072150: Stage=11.42ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=18ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,DUCK CREEK NEAR HOWARD, WI 04072076: Stage=2.45ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,SILVER CREEK AT FLORIST DRIVE AT ONEIDA, WI 04071765: Flow=540cfs,Stage=4.74ft,Floodstage=9ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,OCONTO RIVER NEAR OCONTO, WI 04069416: Flow=478cfs,Stage=8.05ft,Floodstage=12ft,2024-02-26 15:00,Not ranked,PESHTIGO RIVER AT PORTERFIELD, WI 04067958: Stage=4.02ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=9ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,PESHTIGO RIVER NEAR WABENO, WI 04067500: Stage=9.21ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=15ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,MENOMINEE RIVER NEAR MC ALLISTER, WI 04066800: Stage=9.94ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=17ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,MENOMINEE RIVER AT KOSS, MI 04066500: Stage=2.74ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=6.5ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,PIKE RIVER AT AMBERG, WI 04066030: Flow=2010cfs,Stage=7.08ft,Floodstage=14ft,2024-02-26 17:30,Not ranked,MENOMINEE RIVER AT WHITE RAPIDS DAM NEAR BANAT, MI 04066003: Stage=7.72ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=16ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,MENOMINEE RIVER BELOW PEMENE CREEK NR PEMBINE, WI 04065106: Stage=6.36ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=13ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,MENOMINEE RIVER AT NIAGARA, WI 04060993: Stage=3.60ft,2024-02-26 17:30:00,Floodstage=9ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,BRULE RIVER AT US HIGHWAY 2 NEAR FLORENCE, WI 04037400: Stage=4.07ft,2024-02-26 16:45,Not ranked,CISCO LAKE NEAR WATERSMEET, MI 04031000: Stage=2.39ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=10ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,BLACK RIVER NEAR BESSEMER, MI 04027595: Stage=1.71ft,Floodstage=8.5ft,2024-02-26 15:00,Not ranked,BAD RIVER AT ODANAH, WI 04027000: Stage=2.89ft,2024-02-26 17:45:00,Floodstage=16ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,BAD RIVER NEAR ODANAH, WI 04026561: Stage=3.37ft,2024-02-26 17:30:00,Floodstage=9ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,TYLER FORKS RIVER AT STRICKER ROAD NEAR MELLEN, WI 04026390: Stage=4.62ft,2024-02-26 17:00,Not ranked,BEARTRAP CREEK AT U.S. HIGHWAY 2 NEAR ASHLAND, WI 04024430: Stage=4.89ft,2024-02-26 17:00:00,Floodstage=24ft,Not ranked,Back Water,NEMADJI RIVER NEAR SOUTH SUPERIOR, WI Go to WaterWatch (offsite) for a larger map with additional options