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Findings of the 2010 Regional Ambient Fish Tissue Program in Nebraska
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The “Findings of the 2010 Regional Ambient Fish Tissue Program in Nebraska” is written to satisfy the federal fiscal year 2010 State of Nebraska-EPA Agreement, as well as provide information to other governmental agencies, professional organizations, and most importantly to the general public.
Fish tissue sampling in Nebraska was initiated in the late 1970s, primarily to identify potential pollution concerns throughout the State. Sampling consisted of collecting whole fish samples from major rivers at or near the bottom of their drainage area. In the late 1980s, along with the identification of pollutants, sampling was conducted to determine if there may be a public health concern. Fillet samples were then collected and analyzed as this is the portion of a fish that is most-often consumed. Waters heavily utilized by anglers were generally targeted.
To inform the public about health risk concerns identified, Nebraska began issuing fish consumption advisories in 1990. Currently, Nebraska has 78 state-issued advisories. Detailed information regarding the sites tested, and those currently under advisories, is provided in this report.
To view a simpler summary chart and map of current fish advisories in Nebraska, go to Fish Consumption Advisories
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
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Lincoln, Nebraska 68509