Metal Contamination Aquatic Ecology of UCFR Waters
Improve knowledge of how metal distribution, abundance, and reactivity influence aquatic species diversity and food web productivity along the UCFR.
Understand sources, sinks, and spatial/temporal patterns of metals in the UCFR main channel and relevant tributaries.
Understand how floodplain land uses interact with irrigation practices, tributaries, and legacy mining to affect metal loads to the UCFR.
Determine how biological processes respond to interactions between metals and nutrients over seasonal time frames among and within Reaches A, B, and C.