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Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish consumption advisories are in effect at the Nebraska lakes and stream segments listed on the table below. Samples are collected by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, analyzed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and advisories are issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. A more detailed explanation of the sampling program can be found in the document, “Regional Ambient Fish Tissue Program - 2013-2014 Assesement Report.

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The advisories listed below are not a ban on eating fish, but it is suggested that the public limit long-term consumption of fish caught from those specific waterbodies to eight ounces per week (for adults). These advisories are based on sampling taken through 2013 and 2014. The table below lists the waterbody advisories by county and the contaminants of primary concern. Many compounds were analyzed in the samples, but only the primary ones listed led to consumption advisories. Refer to the numerical listing to find the waterbody’s location on the map located below the table.

Fish Consumption Advisories:
New Advisory Sites Highlighted in Yellow
Web Map #
WATERBODY
COUNTY
SPECIES
POLLUTANT
1
Lake Hastings
Adams
Carp
PCBs
2
South Loup River
Buffalo
Channel Catfish
Mercury
3
Ravenna Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
4
Wax Axe Lake -SRA
Buffalo
Smallmouth Bass
Mercury
5
Bassway Strip Lake No. 5
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
6
Kea Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
7
Kea West Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
8
Cottonmill Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
9
Union Pacific Lake - SRA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
10
Coot Shallows Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
11
Sandy Channel Lake - SRA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
12
Blue Hole Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
13
Yanney Park Lake
Bufflalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
14
Platte River
Cass
Channel Cat
PCBs, Mercury
15
Weeping Water City Lake
Cass
Largemouth Bass
Mercury, Selenium
16
Chalkrock Reservoir
Cedar
Largemouth Bass
Mercury, Selenium
17
Valentine Mill Pond
Cherry
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
18
Duck Lake
Cherry
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
19
Merritt Reservoir
Cherry
Walleye / Largemouth Bass
Mercury
20
Schoolhouse Lake
Cherry
Northern Pike / Largemouth Bass / Black Crappie
Mercury
21
Cottonwood Lake
Cherry
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
22
Shell Lake
Cherry
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
23
West Point City Lake
Cuming
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
24
Ansley City Lake
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
25
Melham Park Lake
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury





Web Map #
WATERBODY
COUNTY
SPECIES
POLLUTANT
26
Pressey Pond -WMA
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
27
Crystal Cove Lake
Dakota
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
28
Box Butte Reservoir
Dawes
Northern Pike / Largemouth Bass
Mercury
29
Whitney Reservoir
Dawes
White Bass
Mercury
30
Grabel Pond No. 5
Dawes
Largemouth Bass
Mercury, Selenium
31
Dogwood Lake -WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
32
Darr Lake -WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
33
Plum Creek Canyon Reservoir
Dawson
Carp
PCBs
34
West Cozad Lake - WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
35
Cozad Lake - WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
36
East Gothenburg Lake - WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
37
Chappell Interstate Lake
Deuel
Largemouth Bass
Mercury, Selenium
38
Johnson Lake
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
39
Dead Timber Lake
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
40
Fremont Lake No. 1
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
41
Zorinsky Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
42
Carter Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
PCBs
43
Standing Bear Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
44
Prairie View Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
45
Rock Creek Lake
Dundy
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
46
Lone Star Reservoir
Fillmore
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
47
Medicine Creek Reservoir
Frontier
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
48
Big Blue River
Gage
Carp
PCBs, Dieldrin
49
Wolf-Wildcat Lake
Gage
Largemouth Bass
Mercury





Web Map #
WATERBODY
COUNTY
SPECIES
POLLUTANT
50
Rockford Lake
Gage
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
51
Island Lake
Garden
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
52
Smith Lake
Garden
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
53
Crescent Lake
Garden
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
54
Phillips Lake
Gosper
Carp
Mercury
55
Elwood Reservoir
Gosper
Northern Pike / Largemouth Bass
Mercury
56
Tri-County Supply Canal -below J1 Hydro
Gosper
Carp
PCBs
57
Frey Lake - WMA
Grant
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
58
Mormon Island Middle Lake - SRA
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
59
L.E. Ray Lake
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
60
Cheyenne Lake - SRA
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
61
Hayes Center WMA Lake
Hayes
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
62
Frenchman WMA Lake
Hayes
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
63
O'Neill City Lake
Holt
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
64
Farwell South Reservoir
Howard
Largemouth Bass / Carp
Mercury
65
Crystal Springs NW Lake
Jefferson
Channel Catfish
PCBs, Mercury
66
Lake McConaughy
Keith
Walleye
Mercury, Selenium
67
Ogallala City Park Lake
Keith
Channel Catfish
PCBs, Chlordane
68
Cub Creek Lake
Keya Paha
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
69
Missouri River
Knox
Flathead Catfish
Mercury
70
Salt Creek
Lancaster
Carp
PCBs, Mercury
71
Oak Creek
Lancaster
Channel Cat
PCBs, Mercury
72
Wagon Train Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
73
Holmes Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
74
Stagecoach Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
75
Bluestem Lake
Lancaster
Channel Cat
Mercury





Web Map #
WATERBODY
COUNTY
SPECIES
POLLUTANT
76
Wildwood Reservoir
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
77
Merganser Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
78
Fort McPherson Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
79
Fremont Slough - WMA
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
80
Pawnee Slough Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
81
North Platte River
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
82
Maloney Res. Outlet Canal - above hydro
Lincoln
Carp
PCBs, Mercury
83
Maloney Res. Outlet Canal - below hydro
Lincoln
Channel Cat / Smallmouth Bass
PCBs / Mercury
84
Sutherland Outlet Canal
Lincoln
Channel Catfish
PCBs, Mercury
85
Interstate Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
86
Birdwood Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
87
East Hershey Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
88
Hershey Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
89
East Sutherland LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
90
Sutherland ReservoirLincolnCarpPCBs, Mercury
91
Sutherland Cooling Pond LincolnCarp / Largemouth BassMercury, Selenium / Mercury
92
Calamus ReservoirLoupCarpMercury
93
North Platte RiverMorrillCarpMercury, Selenium
94
Bridgeport Middle LakeMorrillLargemouth BassMercury
95
Steinart Park LakeOtoeLargemouth BassMercury
96
Burchard LakePawneeLargemouth BassMercury
97
Mayberry Lake - WMAPawneeLargemouth BassMercury
98
Prairie Knoll LakePawnee Largemouth BassMercury
99
Iron Horse Trail LakePawnee Largemouth BassMercury





Web Map #
WATERBODY
COUNTY
SPECIES
POLLUTANT
100
Holdredge Park LakePhelpsLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
101
Columbus City Park PondPlatteLargemouth BassMercury
102
Verdon LakeRichardsonLargemouth BassMercury
103
Kirkman's Cove LakeRichardsonCarp, Largemouth BassMercury
104
Walnut Creek Lake No. 2SalineLargemouth BassMercury
105
Swanton Lake - Swan Lake No. 67SalineLargemouth BassMercury
106
Swan Creek 5ASalineLargemouth BassMercury
107
West Papillion CreekSarpyCarpPCBs, Mercury
108
Offutt LakeSarpyChannel CatPCBs
109
Halleck Park LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
110
Walnut Creek LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury
111
Wehrspann LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury
112
Memphis LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
113
Czechland LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
114
Morrill Sandpit - SouthwestScottsbluffLargemouth BassMercury
115
Morrill Sandpit - NorthScottsbluffLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
116
Smith LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
117
Walgren LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
118
Isham Dam LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
119
Sherman ReservoirShermanWhite BassMercury
120
Carter P. Johnson LakeSiouxLargemouth BassMercury
121
Maskenthine LakeStantonLargemouth BassMercury
122
Big Sandy CreekThayerChannel CatfishMercury
123
Davis Creek LakeValleyCarp / White BassMercury
124
Auble PondValleyLargemouth BassMercury
125
Liberty CoveWebsterLargemouth BassMercury
126
Pibel LakeWheelerLargemouth BassMercury
127
Recharge LakeYorkLargemouth BassMercury


*The “Fish Species” listed on the table denotes the type of fish that were analyzed from that waterbody. Although advisories are issued only for the species analyzed, it should be noted that other species of fish inhabiting the same waterbody may bioaccumulate similar levels of contaminants. However, these levels can vary depending on the type of fish. For example, mercury tends to bioaccumulate to a greater extent in larger predator fish, such as largemouth bass, and is typically lower in smaller fish and species such as bluegill and crappie. For more information, refer to the DHHS brochure, “Eat Safe Fish in Nebraska”*

Additional links:

For more information about the chemicals of primary concern and health risks, see Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’
Environmental Risk Assessment* web page. The URL is: www.nebraska.gov/eatsafefish*.

The
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