Mercury is a toxic metal that is released to the environment through natural and human processes. Most commonly, the gaseous form is released to the atmosphere, which is then deposited onto land and water in rain and snow. Once in the water, the mercury can be converted to its most toxic form, methylmercury, which accumulates in fish and aquatic organisms. Humans are exposed to methylmercury and its associated health problems by consuming contaminated fish. The challenge posed by mercury is significant, and NEIWPCC and its member states are increasingly involved in this complicated issue. NEIWPCC provides support to its member states by tracking and reviewing technical and policy issues related to mercury, coordinating regional mercury projects, and participating in national and regional groups focused on mercury. Most notably, NEIWPCC played a lead role in coordinating the Northeast Regional Mercury TMDL and the Northeast States’ Clean Water Act Section 319(g) Petition for Mercury.
For more information, contact Susy King, our mercury coordinator.