Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism
Department or School/College
School of Journalism
Jule Banville, Craig Stafford, Matthew Frank
mercury, mining, osprey, bioaccumulation, biomagnification, Philipsburg
University of Montana
Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology
In December 2008, when Montana's great Clark Fork River tested its historic banks for the first time in 100 years, a crowd of hundreds gathered to watch the removal of Milltown Dam at the confluence of the river with the Big Blackfoot. After a century of pollution from Butte's copper mines, the river was undergoing the nation's largestyet restoration project, the Upper Clark Fork River Superfund Complex.
But in a windowless laboratory a mile away, University of Montana chemist Heiko Langner had troubling news. Toxic methylmercury flowed through the river at concentrations of concern, undetected and undermining the project. It didn't come from Butte, but from a mysterious source closer to Langner's Missoula lab. This story follows Langner's journey as he searches for the surprising source of the toxin, and his struggle to get it cleaned up.
McQuillan, Kindra, "DISTURBED WATERS – A MONTANA CHEMIST SEARCHES FOR THE SOURCE OF A PERSISTENT POISON" (2014). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4365.
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