Current mercury characterization efforts require weeks of lead time for laboratory analysis, developing Real Time predictive modeling provides instantaneous approximations of mercury concentrations. Having real time approximations of trace level mercury levels provides many projects the ability to adapt and change so as to reduce mercury transport as a result of their project. The Sierra Fund has developed a framework for high frequency data collection that when coupled with site-specific sampling can be used to build site-specific model for mercury concentrations.
“Real-Time Monitoring provides project managers the information they need to reduce the impact that maintenance, restoration or remediation activities in and around mercury impaired water bodies may create. Mercury contamination can be mobilized while restoring habitat and when maintaining facilities in mercury-contaminated water bodies.”Nick Graham, M.S., Environmental Scientist