Mercury is a widespread problem

Mercury contamination of the environment is one of the most significant issues facing the planet. Because of widespread atmospheric deposition of mercury, all aquatic ecosystems from small ponds and creeks to large lakes and rivers are contaminated with toxic mercury, making these aquatic systems potentially hazardous for both humans and wildlife. Mercury reaches high levels in the tissues of aquatic organisms like fish and insects. When humans or birds eat aquatic organisms, they are exposed to mercury.

For over a decade the TCU Aquatic Ecology Lab has studied mercury contamination of the environment. The purpose of this website is to share our findings with the public so they can better understand mercury contamination issues.