11/07/10 - Stream Cleaning
11/07/10 - On the eve of "Reclaiming the Sierra, Gold Country Community Summit on Mining Impacts" presented by The Sierra Fund, Clear Mercury did a "stream cleaning" of a local small stream. We put one of our small recovery units in the bottom of the stream, went one meter up-stream and stirred the silt that was recently deposited by higher water. We stirred the sediment for about 10 meters, in the water for about 15 minutes. The results showed the recently deposited sediment is loaded with mercury.
03/10/10 - Mercury in all Sediments
03/10/10 - During the spring rainy season of 2010 we sampled small seasonal creeks and roadway drainages in agricultural areas away from the mining hot spots. Every time the water had suspended sediments we found recoverable amounts of mercury. We found that when the sediments were flushed clean and the water slowed some and cleared, the remaining stream sediments can be manually stirred to release additional microscopic beads of mercury. Sometimes more mercury was recovered with manual stirring than was recovered with natural sediment disturbance.
In 1990 finding this much mercury in a stream indicated that we were in line to find an old hard rock mill site or a hydraulic tailings pile. Today finding this much mercury can be done by checking the rain runoff of pastures, hillsides and along roadways. With our industrial expression of mercury increasing, it is time for our environmental extraction to increase also.
02/19/09 - Clear Mercury Concentrator as a Permanent Installation
02/19/09 - We feel the success of our most recent test indicates the Clear Mercury Concentrator has a high level of viability as an in-place method of recovering mercury from our water ways. Mercury recovery can then be accomplished at a time when the natural water flow has the mercury in motion. This was our first test using the Clear Mercury Processor in a manner that would simulate a permanently installed system, flowing only river water through it. We left the Processor in the rivers slightly cloudy water overnight with 3" of of water flowing under the inlet and a 1" overflow on top. When we returned in the morning, the rivers flow had gone down to about 1/2 flow through the Concentrator, and was slightly less cloudy. Upon clean-up we recovered 3 spoons of mineralized sands containing a high level of mercury. This mercury was in the form of microscopic beads when we first inspected, then within a few minuets most of it came together with ease into a bead large enough to see without a lens. The microscopic beads we recovered in this test were more fluid (carrying less load) than the beads we have been getting from our Clear Mercury River Beach Sand Testing (CMRBST) program. This could be an indication that the total Hg loading in that part of the river is very high, or very likely some of the Hg particles recovered from the cloudy water were to small to carry a load.
"We are cleaning it up!"
Martin Lucas Butler