Wednesday September 28, 2022

Sierra Sun

The Truckee River is included in a state agency’s fish advisory the offers safe eating advice for fish caught in rivers, streams and creeks throughout the state.

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment last week issued a new statewide fish advisory. With the issuance of the advisory, OEHHA now offers fish consumption advice covering every water body in California.

The new advisory is based on the levels of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls found in fish collected from more than 700 sites, including popular rivers frequented by anglers all over California, including the Owens, Truckee and East Walker rivers in Eastern California; the Klamath, Smith, McCloud and Eel rivers in Northern California; and the Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Kern rivers in Southern California; the Merced River in Central California.

This is the first time that safe-eating guidelines have been provided for these rivers. The advisory is intended to be a guide for eating fish caught in these rivers, along with other rivers, streams and creeks that are not covered by a specific advisory.

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