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Selenium concentrations in food webs of Lake Koocanusa in the vicinity of Libby Dam (MT) and the Elk River (BC) as the basis for applying ecosystem-scale modeling, 2008-2018

Metadata Updated: October 29, 2023

This Data Release presents multi-agency data for selenium concentrations in ecosystem media that includes water column, suspended particulate material, zooplankton, invertebrates, and fish. Because the data are compiled from multiple sources, the significant figures used to report contaminant concentrations and other metrics may not be internally consistent. These data will serve as the basis for ecosystem-scale modeling of Lake Koocanusa, a bi-national reservoir in Montana and British Columbia. Spreadsheets are ordered in a food-web format to facilitate modeling that emphasizes spatially and temporally paired data. Selenium concentrations are species-specific for fish and taxa-specific for invertebrates to address required specificity for biodynamic dietary modeling. Phytoplankton, zooplankton, and invertebrate densities or biomass are compiled, in addition to fish catches, to help elucidate productivity and identify which groups, taxa, or species are abundant on a seasonal basis. For water quality context, the historical record of selenium concentrations is given, with emphasis on the primary selenium loading site near where the Elk River enters Lake Koocanusa. Spreadsheets with the term "annex" in their file name address a competing toxin, mercury, for fish. Recent high frequency monitoring of selenium concentrations at the international border and at a gaging station below Libby Dam provide a perspective on future selenium data availability. Methodologies are described as federal, provincial, and state agencies transition to a consistent set of protocols to ensure consistency in monitoring for locations on both sides of the border.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 29, 2023

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Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 29, 2023
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
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Data Last Modified 20200818
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