A community event about the effects of lead and mercury contamination and what can be done to prevent it is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka.
Chemist Helen Sievers will lead the presentation. Sievers worked at Mayo Clinic and IBM where she became acquainted with the role of trace metals in human health and also the toxicity metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic and others. She developed and adapted methods for the analysis of these elements in biological tissues and fluids.
Attendees can discuss alternatives, whether we can clean up existing contaminants and learn about existing programs to help mitigate these problems.
The public is welcome to this free event, which is sponsored by the West Metro Chapter of Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers.