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Fish Contaminated with High Levels of Mercury Found in Oklahoma

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We can end up consuming too much mercury when eating fish contaminated with it. We need to be aware of what bodies of water have mercury issues, that way we know which fish are safe to consume and how much. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) found 32 of Oklahoma’s lakes contain fish with high levels of mercury. This includes the following lakes;

 

 

  •  Atoka Lake
  • Boomer Lake
  • Broken Bow Reservoir
  • Canton Lake
  • Carlton Lake
  • Cedar Lake
  • Clayton Lake
  • Coalgate City Lake
  • Draper Lake
  • Dripping Springs Lake
  • Elmer Thomas Lake
  • Ft. Supply Reservoir
  • Hugo Lake
  • Kaw Reservoir
  • Lake Carl Albert
  • Lake Carl Blackwell
  • Lake Eufaula
  • Lake Heyburn
  • Lake Nanih Waiya
  • Lake Ozzie Cobb
  • Lake Talawanda #2
  • Lake Wayne Wallace
  • Lloyd Church Lake
  • McAlester City Lake
  • McGee Creek Reservoir
  • Pine Creek Reservoir
  • Quanah Parker Lake
  • Rush Lake
  • Sardis Lake
  • Schooler Lake
  • Skiatook Lake
  • Wister Lake

In the ODEQ’s newly released 2013 Mercury in Fish booklet you can find information on what fish is safe to consume regularly and which aren’t. General guidelines are to eat smaller, younger fish and don’t eat fish that feed on other fish.

For the fish with advisories, it’s recommended that you not consume them for more than two meals a month or the ones with really high levels it’s recommended you don’t consume them at all. If you enjoy fishing in Oklahoma be sure to read the 2013 Mercury in Fish booklet to help you and your family stay safe.

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Lisa Sharp is the founder of Green Oklahoma. She is passionate about the environment and improving Oklahoma for future generations. She also writes on her personal blog Retro Housewife Goes Green.
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