Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Earth and Environmental Sciences

First Advisor

Stephen Peters

Second Advisor

Frank Pazzaglia

Third Advisor

David Anastasio


The main source of the concentration of lead currently observed in the Lehigh River was unknown, and the main goal of this research was to determine the source of the aqueous lead and to identify potential organisms that will be affected. Where the lead is potentially coming from and what elements it correlates with were determined. Where and when the lead concentration exceeds the health criteria for humans and aquatic animals was also determined. The data was analyzed from the sample sights along the Lehigh River downstream of Palmerton.