State releases new advisories on consumption of locally caught fish, shellfish

Kansas River among bodies of water on list

KDWPT

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Wednesday released new advisories for locally caught fish taken from K-96 Lake in Sedgwick County and Arkalon Park Lakes in Seward County and updated advisories on the Kansas River and other area bodies of water.

 

The agencies recommend restricting consumption of bottom-feeding fish taken from K-96 to one meal per month because of decreased levels of polychlorinated biphenyls. This includes buffalo, carp, carpsucker, channel catfish, sturgeon and sucker.

They also recommended not eating any fish or aquatic life from Arkalon because the lakes are sustained solely by treated municipal wastewater.

In addition to this, existing advisories have been modified for portions of the Kansas River, Cow Creek and the Little Arkansas River.

The state recommends restricting consumption of bottom feeders to one meal per week from:

— The Kansas (Kaw) River from below the Bowersock Dam in Lawrence downstream to Eudora at the confluence of the Wakarusa River in Douglas and Leavenworth counties.

— Cow Creek in Hutchinson and downstream to the confluence with the Arkansas River in Reno County.

— The Little Arkansas from the Main Street Bridge immediately west of Valley Center to the confluence with the Arkansas River in Wichita.

The state recommends not eating specified fish or aquatic life at all from the following locations:

— The Arkansas River from the Lincoln Street dam in Wichita downstream to the confluence with Cowskin Creek near Belle Plaine (Sedgwick and Sumner counties); bottom-feeding fish because of PCBs.

— Shoal Creek from the Missouri/Kansas border to Empire Lake (Cherokee County); shellfish because of lead and cadmium.

— The Spring River from the confluence of Center Creek to the Kansas/Oklahoma border (Cherokee County); shellfish because of lead and cadmium.

— Antioch Park Lake South in Antioch Park, Overland Park (Johnson County); all fish because of the pesticides dieldrin, heptachlor epoxide, chlordane, and dichlorophenyltrichloroethanes (DDTs).

Because of mercury in fish, the state recommends the following restrictions for consumption of fish statewide:

— Sensitive populations should restrict consumption of all types of locally caught fish, from waters or species of fish not specifically covered by an advisory, to one meal per week because of mercury.

— Sensitive populations should restrict consumption of largemout, smallmouth and spotted bass (black bass) to one meal per month because of mercury, and the general public should restrict consumption of these species to one meal per week.

To view the advisories online and for information about KDHE’s Fish Tissue Contaminant Monitoring Program, visit https://tinyurl.com/y7saks73.

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