Myrick Marsh Lead Contamination

From 1926 to the 1963 a shooting range facing towards the marsh was in active use. The pellets at that time were made out of lead. This led to lead being introduced into the Marsh environment in high concentrations. There is now an effort to measure amounts of lead in the local biota.

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To do this sediment core samples have been taken to measure the amount of lead in certain areas of the marsh. Also, collection of plants, zooplankton, and fish are being taken to measure the amount of lead being taken up by the local biota. Preliminary findings have found high concentrations of lead and other heavy metals. These findings could lead to a clean up of the local marsh.