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Protecting Our Fresh Water from Mercury

We create groundbreaking science to explore the effects of mercury on fresh water, and then develop that into policy to keep our fresh water clear of mercury.

The effect of mercury of the health of humans and fresh water has been widely documented in Canada in recent years, as those effects have manifested in various bodies of water and communities across the country.

Mercury enters water directly or via the air, and when it converts to methylmercury becomes toxic to humans, resulting in harmful physical and mental symptoms.

IISD Experimental Lakes Area works on the science, determing what the impact of mercury is on water and fish, and how the effects and can be minimized. IISD then takes that groundbreaking research to develop policy for governments and industry, with the goal of reducing how much mercuty ends up in our waterways. 

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Topic
Water
Biodiversity
Region
Canada
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