Archive for Monday, January 4, 2010

State updates recommendations on dangerous pollutants in Kansas rivers

Fishers still discouraged from eating fish from Kansas River near Lawrence

January 4, 2010


State health and wildlife officials still recommend not eating bottom-feeding fish from the Kansas River between the Bowersock Dam in Lawrence downstream to Eudora.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks on Monday issued their fish consumption advisories for 2010.

Due to levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, officials recommend people not eat carp, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, bullheads, sturgeons, buffalos, carpsuckers and other sucker species from the Kaw from the dam to the confluence of the Wakarusa River northeast of Eudora.

This matches the 2009 recommendations.

According to the agencies, data from most long-term monitoring sites show a decrease in PCB levels. PCBs have not been produced in the United States since the 1970s, but the compounds degrade slowly and take decades to be completely removed from the environment, according to the KDHE.


lounger 8 years, 5 months ago

This is the Biggest crime of the century. No one at the top in topeka really cares about our river. Shameful governor, shameful!!!!!!!

tunahelper 8 years, 5 months ago

The Chikaskia Medicine Lodge are the most pristine rivers in Kansas.

pace 8 years, 5 months ago

Bigger question is to ask if these contaminants and the various herbicides, fungicides and pesticides commonly used in agriculture and lawns are tested for in our drinking water?

lounger 8 years, 5 months ago

Good Posts here. Thanks tunahelper for the heads up on the rivers.

walkthehawk 8 years, 5 months ago

not the article I was hoping to read--helpful to know the fish consumption guidelines, but MORE helpful to know about proposed changes/tightening of regulations and testing protocol. Atrazine is suspected to harm developing fetuses; when and how are we going to find out if it's in the water supply here, and then make a plan to deal with it??? (it has been found at surprisingly high levels in western Kansas...there is less large-scale agriculture here, but we are also downstream).

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