Mercury Project


Mercury Sampling locally

For the past five years, Woodstock Union and Stevens High Schools have joined forces to collaboratively collect data and research Mercury (Hg) in our community. Two years ago, Hartford High School joined this effort to make this the largest contingency of student citizen scientists in the Upper Valley (almost 200 this year!). The Twin State Mercury Monitoring program, funded by the National Park Foundation and supported by Dartmouth College, Marsh-Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park (MBRNHP), and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, will be celebrating the students' hard work at Dartmouth College Hopkins Center, Friday Jan 9, at 7:00pm. Michael Creasey, MBRNHP Superintendent, will kick off the event with a keynote address and then all are invited to view the student presentations, hear what they have learned and ask probing questions about mercury in our environment. Free refreshments thanks to Hartford High School!
2014 posters collage

Click here to view 2014 posters

Woodstock Union High School Biology Teacher Jennifer Stainton, was recognized as 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year, in part for her 9th grade science classes' study of mercury in the environment at the park.

Link to previous years' information.
Mercury in the environment

How Mercury Enters the Environment



"Dragonfly larvae are currently being sampled for mercury levels in national parks. Mercury is a toxic pollutant that can harm human and wildlife health, threatening the natural resources the NPS is charged with protecting. The main source of human-caused mercury in remote national park environments is atmospheric deposition from coal-burning power plants.

National parks from Alaska to Florida and Maine to California are participating in the study. The data are available via the Citizen Scientists Study page link below. Ultimately, results will allow comparisons between parks, and will shed light on ecosystem health by characterizing the risk and potential transfer of mercury around food webs."

Read more details about the National Park Service's study: Citizen Scientists Study Mercury in Dragonfly Larvae

Link to the US Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury exposure pages.

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