Health department finds mercury, PCB levels in Columbia River fish
KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - The county is cautioning people that fish in parts of the Columbia River may be unsafe to eat.
The Washington State Department of Health (DoH) added a 150-mile stretch of the Columbia River from McNary Dam to the I-90 bridge near Vantage to its list of waterways with fish consumption advisories, September 1.
Officials recommend limiting consumption of certain fish after the DoH tested mercury and PCB levels in that section of the Columbia River.
DoH recommends the following fish consumption limits.
- DO NOT EAT: Northern pikeminnow
- 1 meal per month: Carp, mountain whitefish, white sturgeon
- 2 meals per month: Bridgelip sucker, largemouth bass, walleye
- 4 meals per month: Smallmouth bass
Healthy choices include Lamprey, salmon, shad and steelhead, according to the department.
More information on fish eating advisories can be found on the DoH website or by calling 1-877-485-7316.