Are the fish from Lake Ontario safe to eat?
Some fish from Lake Ontario and its connecting streams, rivers, ponds, and bays contain dangerous chemicals in amounts considered too high by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). People can take in these chemicals from eating the fish. The chemicals of concern in the Genesee River/Lake Ontario watershed are PCB’s, Mirex (a pesticide), and dioxin. The NYSDOH recommends that women of childbearing age and children under the age of 15 should not eat any fish from Lake Ontario and the waters that contain contaminated fish. Others should limit their fish consumption according to the specific advisory for that body of water. Local waters listed in the advisory include Lake Ontario, Irondequoit Bay, Canadice Lake, Canandaigua Lake, and Keuka Lake. How do wetlands affect water quality in streams and lakes? Wetlands are those areas that support specialized plants adapted to prolonged flooding or wet soils. There are many different types of wetlands including marshes, swamps, bogs, a