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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: 2015 Assessment 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 2015. 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 for 2015 Reporting Year Highlighted in Yellow
MAP I.D. #
WATERBODY
COUNTY
FISH SPECIES
PRIMARY POLLUTANT(S) OF CONCERN
1
Lake Hastings
Adams
Carp
PCBs
2
Bassway Strip Lake No. 5
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
3
Blue Hole Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
4
Coot Shallows Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
5
Cottonmill Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
6
Kea Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
7
Kea West Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
8
Ravenna Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
9
Sandy Channel Lake - SRA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
10
South Loup River
Buffalo
Channel Catfish
Mercury
11
Union Pacific Lake - SRA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
12
Wax Axe Lake -SRA
Buffalo
Smallmouth Bass
Mercury
13
Yanney Park Lake
Bufflalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
14
Homestead Lake
Butler
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
15
Redtail Lake
Butler
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
16
Timber Point Lake
Butler
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
17
Platte River
Cass
Channel Cat
PCBs, Mercury
18
Chalkrock Reservoir
Cedar
Largemouth Bass
Mercury, Selenium
19
Cottonwood Lake
Cherry
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
20
Duck Lake
Cherry
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
21
Merritt Reservoir
Cherry
Walleye / Largemouth Bass
Mercury
22
Schoolhouse Lake
Cherry
Northern Pike / Largemouth Bass / Black Crappie
Mercury
23
Shell Lake
Cherry
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
24
Valentine Mill Pond
Cherry
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
25
West Point City Lake
Cuming
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
26
Ansley City Lake
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
27
Melham Park Lake
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
28
Pressey Pond -WMA
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
29
Crystal Cove Lake
Dakota
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
30
Box Butte Reservoir
Dawes
Northern Pike / Largemouth Bass
Mercury
31
Grabel Pond No. 5
Dawes
Largemouth Bass
Mercury, Selenium
32
Whitney Reservoir
Dawes
White Bass
Mercury
33
Cozad Lake - WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
34
Darr Lake -WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
35
Dogwood Lake -WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
36
East Gothenburg Lake - WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
37
Plum Creek Canyon Reservoir
Dawson
Carp
PCBs
38
West Cozad Lake - WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
39
Chappell Interstate Lake
Deuel
Largemouth Bass
Mercury, Selenium
40
Dead Timber Lake
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
41
Fremont Lake No. 1
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
42
Fremont Lake No. 11 - SRA
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
43
Fremont Lake No. 20E - SRA
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
44
Johnson Lake
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
45
Carter Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
PCBs
46
PrairieView Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
47
Standing Bear Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
48
Two Rivers Lake No. 1 - SRA
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
49
Zorinsky Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
50
Rock Creek Lake
Dundy
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
51
Lone Star Reservoir
Fillmore
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
52
Medicine Creek Reservoir
Frontier
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
53
Big Blue River
Gage
Carp
PCBs, Dieldrin
54
Rockford Lake
Gage
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
55
Wolf-Wildcat Lake
Gage
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
56
Crescent Lake
Garden
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
57
Island Lake
Garden
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
58
Smith Lake
Garden
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
59
Elwood Reservoir
Gosper
Northern Pike / Largemouth Bass
Mercury
60
Phillips Lake
Gosper
Carp
Mercury
61
Tri-County Supply Canal -below J1 Hydro
Gosper
Carp
PCBs
62
Frey Lake - WMA
Grant
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
63
Cheyenne Lake - SRA
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
64
L.E. Ray Lake
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
65
Mormon Island Middle Lake - SRA
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
66
Frenchman WMA West Lake
Hayes
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
67
Hayes Center WMA Lake
Hayes
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
68
O'Neill City Lake
Holt
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
69
Farwell South Reservoir
Howard
Largemouth Bass / Carp
Mercury
70
Crystal Springs NW Lake
Jefferson
Channel Catfish
PCBs, Mercury
71
Wirth Brothers Lake
Johnson
Largemouth Bass / Black Crappie
Mercury
72
Lake McConaughy
Keith
Walleye
Mercury, Selenium
73
Ogallala City Park Lake
Keith
Channel Catfish
PCBs, Chlordane
74
Cub Creek Lake
Keya Paha
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
75
Missouri River
Knox
Flathead Catfish
Mercury
76
Bowling Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
77
Cottontail Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
78
Hedgefield Lake - WMA
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
79
Holmes Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
80
Merganser Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
81
Oak Creek
Lancaster
Channel Cat
Mercury
82
Olive Creek Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
83
Pawnee Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
84
Wild Plum Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass / White Crappie
Mercury
85
Wildwood Reservoir
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
86
Yankee Hill Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
87
Birdwood Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
88
East Hershey Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
89
East Sutherland Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
90
Fort McPherson Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
91
Fremont Slough - WMA
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
92
Hershey Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
93
Interstate Lake - North Platte
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
94
Maloney Res. Outlet Canal - above hydro
Lincoln
Carp
PCBs, Mercury
95
Maloney Res. Outlet Canal - below hydroLincolnChannel Cat / Smallmouth BassPCBs / Mercury
96
North Platte RiverLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
97
Pawnee Slough LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
98
Sutherland Cooling Pond LincolnCarp / Largemouth BassMercury, Selenium / Mercury
99
Sutherland Outlet CanalLincolnChannel CatfishPCBs, Mercury
100
Sutherland ReservoirLincolnCarpPCBs, Mercury
101
Calamus ReservoirLoupCarpMercury
102
Bridgeport Middle LakeMorrillLargemouth BassMercury
103
North Platte RiverMorrillCarpMercury, Selenium
104
Auburn Rotary Club LakeNemahaLargemouth BassMercury
105
Steinart Park LakeOtoeLargemouth BassMercury
106
Wilson Creek 2X - WMAOtoeLargemouth Bass / Black CrappieMercury
107
Burchard LakePawneeLargemouth BassMercury
108
Mayberry Lake - WMAPawneeLargemouth BassMercury
109
Iron Horse Trail LakePawnee Largemouth BassMercury
110
Prairie Knoll LakePawnee Largemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
111
Holdredge Park LakePhelpsLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
112
Columbus City Park PondPlatteLargemouth BassMercury
113
Lake BabcockPlatteCommon CarpMercury
114
Kirkman's Cove LakeRichardsonLargemouth Bass / CarpMercury
115
Missouri RiverRichardsonFlathead CatfishMercury
116
Willard L. Meyer - Swan Creek Lake 5ASalineLargemouth BassMercury
117
Swanton Lake - Swan Lake No. 67SalineLargemouth BassMercury
118
Walnut Creek Lake No. 2SalineLargemouth BassMercury
119
Halleck Park LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
120
Offutt LakeSarpyChannel CatPCBs
121
Walnut Creek LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury
122
Wehrspann LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury
123
West Papillion CreekSarpyCarpPCBs, Mercury
124
Czechland LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
125
Lake WanahooSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
126
Memphis LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
127
Red Cedar LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
128
Morrill Sandpit - NorthScottsbluffLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
129
Morrill Sandpit - SouthwestScottsbluffLargemouth BassMercury
130
Meadowlark LakeSewardLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
131
Isham Dam LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
132
Smith LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
133
Walgren LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
134
Sherman ReservoirShermanWhite BassMercury
135
Carter P. Johnson LakeSiouxLargemouth BassMercury
136
Maskenthine LakeStantonLargemouth BassMercury
137
Big Sandy CreekThayerChannel CatfishMercury
138
Auble PondValleyLargemouth BassMercury
139
Davis Creek LakeValleyCarp / White BassMercury
140
Liberty CoveWebsterLargemouth BassMercury
141
Pibel LakeWheelerLargemouth BassMercury
142
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*.

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