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Focus on Fish Testing: Snake River Fish Tested for Chemicals

 
Publication number Date Published
11-03-067December 2011
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Author(s) Seiders, K., C. Deligeannis, and M. Friese
Description In 2009, the Department of Ecology sampled 6 sites on the Snake River and analyzed 60 samples from 10 species of resident fish. Many species had elevated levels of contaminants in fillet tissue, particularly catfish, carp, and northern pikeminnow. Differences in contaminant levels in fish among sites or over time were not detected.

All sites warrant assignment to the 303d list because they do not meet water quality standards for one or more of these contaminants: PCBs, dioxins/furans, dieldrin, toxaphene, 4,4’-DDE, 4,4’-DDD, and hexachlorobenzene. Washington’s Department of Health will review results to determine whether fish consumption advice is warranted.
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Keywords Snake River, toxics, contaminant, fish, 303(d), water, chemical, monitoring, PBTs
WEB PAGE Freshwater Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Areas
(WRIA 22,WRIA 33,WRIA 34,WRIA 35,WRIA 43,WRIA 59,WRIA 60,WRIA 62)
DATA Environmental Information Management (EIM) #WSTMP09

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