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Emerging Environmental Geochemical Challenges for Future Mining -- Watershed Assessment Methodologies

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This task will use the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) database as a powerful and convenient platform from which to develop predictive methods to assess aquatic environmental risks over a range of scales --from small to large regional scales, up to national scales.

It will also integrate and apply insights, gained from other tasks of this project, to a regional landscape. The task will use

database, and
modeling tools, and
rely on existing data;
...no additional field work will be done.

The emphasis will be placed on understanding how local factors such as

affect aquatic risks associated with specific metals, which then can be related back to specific deposit types, in a modern regulatory context.

Task chief: Laurie S. Balistrieri, balistri@usgs.gov, 206-543-8966

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