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Presentations and Discussions Technology Briefings May 1999 Forum


Last updated: January 15, 2013
South Florida Restoration Science Forum


Is Mercury the Achilles Heel of the Restoration Effort?

Poster presented May 1999, at the South Florida Restoration Science Forum

Poster presented by: Mr. Larry Fink, SFWMD

Part 1: What is the South Florida Mercury Problem?

Wildlife at Risk:
Fish-eating wildlife and their predators build up high levels of an extremely toxic form of mercury in their bodies, pass it on to offspring.

Florida panther and its prey

Although Florida panthers prefer wild hog and deer, even an occasional meal of raccoon, otter, or alligator can link them to the aquatic food web.


Fisheries Closed:
Health advisories have been issued for no or limited consumption of fish for the Everglades, Big Cypress Preserve, and E. Florida Bay.

Cranes in treatment marsh
The new treatment marshes will
attract fish-eating wildlife

Legal Challenges
to Restoration
Program Filed:

The allegations -- Over time, mercury will accumulate in soils or fish to dangerous levels within the new treatment marshes or make the downstream problem in the Everglades much worse.

Next Next: What is the cause of the south Florida mercury problem?

U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Center for Coastal Geology
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Last updated: 15 January, 2013 @ 12:44 PM (HSH)