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East River, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL), Redwell Basin Field Site; Colorado

Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Video interview with Rick Colwell (Oregon State) and Laura Lapham (Univ. of Maryland) describing their DOE-funded project using osmotically driven pumps to continuous sample groundwater, pore water, and stream water under harsh winter conditions under ice and snow. (Nov 6, 2017)

Highlighting one of the groundwater discharge zones into the East River (northeast of Crested Butte, Colorado) being studied by Marty Briggs (USGS) and his collaborators Fred Day Lewis (USGS) and Lee Slater (Rutgers). (Nov 4, 2017)

Research activities of USGS scientists Andy Manning and Lyndsay Ball within the East River watershed tied to the Redwell Basin drilling project. (Oct 10, 2017)

Virtual site visit to "upper elevation" drilling site in Redwell Basin. Heavily mineralized core from 170-180 foot depth range is presented, with mineralization present in altered sand/silt stones of the Mesa Verde formation overlying the Mancos shale. (Oct 7, 2017)

Mineralized core including massive pyrite and apparent fault zone(s) / fault gouge in the altered sand and silt stones of the Mesa Verde formation. (Oct 7, 2017)

Packer system and method used for downhole rock permeability measurements within the Upper Elevation borehole drilled in the Redwell Basin. (Oct 7, 2017)

Virtual site visit of the Pumphouse intensive study site during "peak cattle" event as a herd was driven down the East River valley in and amongst the SFA infrastructure. Ranchers are critical members of the community and important stakeholders in the East River (Colorado) watershed engaged to develop cattle-friendly research activities and infrastructure. (Oct 6, 2017)

Sampling approach used by Nicola Falco (LBNL) and Dana Chadwick (Stanford) to link ground and airborne based hyperspectral measurements with plant chemistry and functional type. (July 13, 2017)

Collaborative research activities between Berkeley Lab and USGS are being planned for the Redwell Basin. Activities include drilling of two deep groundwater wells, core sampling, surface geophysical data collection, borehole logging, and airborne imaging designed to examine the impact of climate disturbance on metals release from mountain watersheds. (July 13, 2017)

Berkeley scientist Jillian Banfield shares her perspective on how the DOE Joint Genome Institute helps advance her research on the roles of subsurface microbial communities in biogeochemical cycling.  (May 7, 2015)

Berkeley Lab Earth Scientists Jill Banfield and Harry Beller explain the SFA's research on how metabolic lifestyles of microbial communities modulate in response to as well as influence environmental change. (Feb 17, 2015)

Berkeley Lab Earth Scientist Ken Williams explains the SFA's watershed research including identification and monitoring of primary factors that control biogeochemical functioning. (Jan 23, 2015)

Overview of the Berkeley Lab SFA project by Susan Hubbard, Project Lead, on its mission to develop a predictive understanding of terrestrial environments to enable a new class of solutions for environmental and energy solutions. (Dec 19, 2014)



East Fork Poplar Creek Field Site, Tennessee

Biogeochemical Transformations at Critical Interfaces Scientific Focus Area at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury in the environment, a discovery that could potentially reduce mercury toxicity levels and support health and risk assessments. ORNL News Release (May 31, 2017)

BBC program spotlighted ORNL's mercury research as part of its series on Pollution Solutions. SFA accomplishments were highlighted, along with other mercury-focused research within ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division. (Feb 14, 2016)



Columbia River Reach, Hanford Site; Washington

Hydrobiogeochemical Process Dynamics in the Groundwater–Surface Water Interaction Zone Scientific Focus Area at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

An imaging technology that enables researchers—for the first time—to take four-dimensional views of the subsurface was selected as a 2016 R&D 100 Award winner. The technology combines geology, physics, mathematics and chemistry with supercomputer modeling to create four-dimensional images of what’s happening below the surface. E4D-RT was developed by PNNL's Tim Johnson. (Nov 4, 2016)

PNNL ecologist James Stegen discusses his team’s research in the area where river water and groundwater mix — an area known as the hyporheic zone — along the Columbia. (Apr 7, 2016)

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