Session Title :

Managing Mercury's Impacts to Natural Resources

Synopsis :

This session will highlight recent work in the United States to understand better the current and future impacts of mercury to its natural resources, establish appropriate restoration to compensate for some of these impacts, and manage in the face of the dual threats of mercury and climate change.

Session Description :

The United States is actively involved in a broad array of efforts to understand better the current and future impacts of mercury to its natural resources. This information is critical to both efforts to best manage natural resources in the context of stressors such as mercury and climate change, and to meet our mandate to indentify injuries caused by mercury and require that responsible parties undertake restoration of these injuries. This special session will share experiences in identifying resources significantly affected by mercury, explore recent advances in understanding and quantifying with specificity the effects of mercury on natural resources, explain the legal and policy framework permitting the achievement of restoration, share how both the appropriate types and quantum of restoration are established, and explore the ongoing effort of the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System to inform its management of its resources within the context of climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning.