SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Saturday the 2013 consumption advisories for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. This year, new advisories are being issued for the following lakes and rivers:
- Crab Orchard Creek, Jackson County
- Powderhorn Lake, Cook County
IDPH says several less-restrictive advisories have been issued this year.
The Illinois Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program screens fish samples from approximately 40 bodies of water each year for contamination from 14 banned pesticides, industrial chemicals and methylmercury. The program is a joint effort of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the departments of agriculture, natural resources and public health.
The fish are collected by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and tested by IEPA. IDPH issues an annual consumption advisory based on the IEPA test results.