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Health Advisories: Is It Safe to Eat Fish from the Columbia River?
Is it safe to eat fish from the Columbia River?
State health agencies are responsible for determining how much fish is safe to eat from a particular river, lake, or stream based on (1) how much the average person is expceted to eat and (2) the amount of toxics in the fish. For example, your state may issue a fish consumption advisory to protect the general public or for sensitive populations, such as children and pregnant women.
Fish Consumption Advisories
The links below provide information about fish consumption advisories for lakes and rivers in each state:
- Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Exit
- Oregon Health Authority Exit
- Washington Department of Health Exit
- Read EPA's Columbia River Fish Contamination Survey report
- Read EPA's technical report on fish tissue sampling in the upper Columbia River
Is it safe to swim in the Columbia River?
Check with your state or local health agency to find out if there are any swimming or recreational advisories for rivers and lakes in your area.
- Oregon Health Authority recreational advisories Exit
- Washington Department of Ecology lakes and rivers monitoring information Exit