Community Resources

What Do you Need to Know About Arsenic and Mercury?

Start with our Fact Sheets:

Program Fact Sheet
Arsenic Fact Sheet
Arsenic in NH Well Water
Arsenic in Rice Fact Sheet
Arsenic Consortium Fact Sheet
Mercury Fact Sheet
Berlin Superfund Site Fact Sheet
C-MERC Fact Sheet

Arsenic Resources

NEW!! Visit www.ArsenicandYou!

Learn about arsenic and find out if your family might be exposed through private well water, food or other sources. The site includes easy steps to reduce your exposure and additional resources.

Well Water Community Action Toolkit

The Toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to help communities ensure the safety of private well water.

Mercury Resources

Mercury: From Source to Seafood

In addition to answers to FAQs and historical information, our site contains information about our research on the bioaccummulation of mercury in aquatic food webs and marine ecosystems and the Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative (C-MERC). We also produced a ten-minute movie; it explains how mercury gets into the seafood we eat, why it is important to eat low-mercury fish for good health, and discusses the need to keep mercury out of the environment.

Translation, Engagement and Outreach

Our interaction with you is an important and essential part of our program. As we continue to let you know about the ways in which toxic chemicals harm human health, feedback prompts us to redesign our investigations and programs to appropriately address your concerns.

The CEC facilitates interaction between community members and our research program, as well as forms partnerships to assist communities and community-serving organizations in accessing pertinent information. The RTC communicates, and facilitates the application of, our research and accomplishments. It does so by communicating effectively within the NIEHS Superfund Research Program; establishing partnerships with government agencies; administering technology transfers; and disseminating information to other end users, including the general public.

In addition to implementing the plans of the CEC and RTC, we attend, and create, events that allow us to communicate directly with community members. Contact us to request copies of our fact sheets, or for assistance at an event.

Science Pubs and Cafes

But is it Safe to Eat? What to Make of Those Food Studies Eighty people attended this Science Pub on a cold, snowy evening. Questions and conversation focused on arsenic in food particularly rice, with additional questions on mercury in fish. Celia Chen, Todd Warczak and Mary Choate conveyed the importance of limiting exposure to arsenic and mercury (which includes testing private well water) while continuing to eat a healthy diet including rice and fish. Click here for information about Salt Hill Science Pubs.

Brian Jackson, Ph.D. participated in the Science Cafe NH series Unsafe Levels of Arsenic in Food and Water? (June 2012)


Contact our RTC or CEC with questions. We can refer you to an investigator at Dartmouth or within the NIEHS Superfund Research Program network.


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Dartmouth Office of Outreach

The Dartmouth Office of Outreach serves as a point of contact for partners outside our institution whose interests include science awareness, science education and science literacy. These partnerships include national as well as regional efforts, such as enrichment activities with local schools, professional development for teachers, workshops and projects that synthesize and interpret science for public policy.