The advisory includes Monroe and Wayne counties and Milan.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued an expanded ” Do Not Eat” fish advisory for all fish harvested from the Huron River in five counties in southeast Michigan, including Monroe and Wayne counties.
The advisory is for people living in Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne and Monroe counties. The original advisory was issued Aug. 4. (See earlier news report)
The latest advisory for the river starts where N. Wixom Rd. crosses in Oakland County and extends downstream to the mouth of the Huron River as it enters Lake Erie in Wayne County.
The advisory includes Ford Lake near Milan in Washtenaw County, Belleville Lake in Wayne County and near the dam and Huroc Park in the City of Flat Rock.
The extension is a result of new perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) fish data from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Base Line Lake and Argo Pond fish fillet data, downstream from Kent Lake in Oakland County, were found to have high PFOS levels.
Additionally, high PFOS surface-water levels were found upstream of Kent Lake.
Touching the fish or water and swimming in these water bodies is not considered a health concern as PFAS do not move easily through the skin.
An occasional swallow of river or lake water is also not considered a health concern.
For current guidelines relating to PFAS fish contamination, visit Michigan.gov/pfasresponse.
For more information about the Eat Safe Fish guidelines, visit Michigan.gov/eatsafefish.
*Original article online at https://www.bedfordnow.com/news/20190313/huron-river-do-not-eat-advisory-extended