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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)

This video presents the experimental snowmelt manipulation plots along the Pumphouse hillslope. (Apr. 2, 2018)

Video interview with John Bargar (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) describing work being performed within the greater East River Watershed associated with the DOE-funded Groundwater Quality Science Focus Area (SFA) research program, which examines hydrologically driven biogeochemical processes that control water quality. (Dec. 6, 2017)

Video depicts site conditions along the Pumphouse intensive hillslope study site and describes infrastructure improvements tied to winter and spring sampling. It also introduces a new team member. (Dec. 2, 2017)

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)

From the Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, Tennessee. (May 23, 2018)

Local television news features ORNL's mercury research. Video provided by WATE, Nexstar Broadcasting, Knoxville, Tennessee. (April 11, 2018)

An example of steep biogeochemical gradients across the subsurface-surface interface where anoxic water discharges to the surface water of East Fork Poplar Creek. Reduced iron(II) oxidizes to bright orange iron(III) in the presence of dissolved oxygen in the surface water. Iron oxidizing bacteria may also contribute to the process. Provided by the Biogeochemical Transformations at Critical Interfaces Scientific Focus Area, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (December 4, 2017)

An in-field interview with Dr. Jason Demers (University of Michigan) in which he describes a collaborative project he is leading. Provided by the Biogeochemical Transformations at Critical Interfaces Scientific Focus Area, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (December 1, 2017)

Time-lapse video of the setting moon and rising sun at one of our experiment stations on lower East Fork Poplar Creek, Tennessee. From the Biogeochemical Transformations at Critical Interfaces Scientific Focus Area, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (March 16, 2017)

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)

A kayak tour of a ~2 kilometer reach of East Fork Poplar Creek, Tennessee. Playback speed is 2× real time; no audio. From the Biogeochemical Transformations at Critical Interfaces Scientific Focus Area, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (March 9, 2013)



Columbia River Reach, Hanford Site; Washington

River Corridor and Watershed Hydrobiogeochemistry Scientific Focus Area at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

PNNL researchers are conducting an ongoing experiment along a stretch of the Columbia River in southeastern Washington state. Thousands of meters of wires, sampling tubes, and sensors have been deployed to help them predict hydrobiogeochemical function under future environmental conditions. (Nov. 21, 2017)

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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East River, Colorado and Riverton, Wyoming Field Sites

Groundwater Quality Scientific Focus Area at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL)

John Bargar (Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SSRL) shows how an X-ray microprobe at SSRL beam line 2-3 can be used to develop water quality models to help manage water quality and predict our nations water availability. (Jan. 22, 2018)

Video interview with John Bargar (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) describing work being performed within the greater East River Watershed associated with the DOE-funded Groundwater Quality Science Focus Area (SFA) research program, which examines hydrologically driven biogeochemical processes that control water quality. (Dec. 6, 2017)



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