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Newington Bog Study

Recent study by the University of Ottawa has identified alarming levels of Methyl Mercury released into the headwaters of the Raisin River from Newington Bog.  This may help explain the higher levels of mercury found in Walleye in the Lake St. Francis area than in other areas of the St. Lawrence.  A project is currently underway in partnership with the University of Ottawa and the St. Lawrence River Institute to assess the quantity of mercury generated by the Newington bog and recommend actions to reduce or eliminate mercury emissions.  Along with the project partners, a dialogue is proposed to be facilitated with the agricultural community concerning the link between restoration of peatlands and improved water quality.

For additional information, please contact Chris Critoph, Manager of Environmental Services.  chris.critoph@rrca.on.ca.  

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18045 County Road #2, P.O. Box 429, Cornwall, ON, K6H 5T2
Tel. 613-938-3611   Fax. 613-938-3221