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ADPH issues fish consumption advisories

MONTGOMERY, AL - The Alabama Department of Public Health is issuing nine new fish consumption advisories for bodies of water in several counties.

The action was prompted because of possible exposure to mercury from eating caught in those waters.

Barbour, Covington, Escambia, Greene, Russell and Shelby counties are included in the advisory and advisories for three other bodies of water also were modified.

ADPH says "all advisories previously issued using Food and Drug Administration guidelines remain in effect for 2009. The quality of water, based upon the levels of contaminants in fish from the waters in Alabama, generally continues improvements made in recent years." 

The Alabama Department of Public Health updates fish consumption advisories yearly and bases its decisions on data collected the preceding fall by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

New Advisories for 2009

Cowikee Creek - Barbour County
Cowikee Creek embayment of W. F. George Reservoir; approximate area from U.S. 431 bridge
to Chattahoochee River main channel; in vicinity of Lakepoint Resort and State Park
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Gantt Reservoir - Covington County
Conecuh River, Gantt Reservoir, lake-wide sample
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
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Point A Reservoir - Covington County
Conecuh River, Point A Reservoir, lake-wide sample
Largemouth bass
Contaminant -Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Patsaliga Creek - Covington County
Patsaliga Creek embayment of Point A Reservoir
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
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Burnt Corn Creek - Escambia County
Upstream of confluence with Murder Creek
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
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Sipsey River -  Greene County
Sipsey River Embayment, approximately 0.5 mi upstream of confluence with Tombigbee River
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Uchee Creek - Russell County
Uchee Creek vicinity of Uchee Recreational Area
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month

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Lay Reservoir - Shelby County
Approximately 1.5 mile downstream of U.S. Hwy 280 bridge; vicinity of river mile 444
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
Striped bass
Contaminant - PCBs
Consumption level  - Do not consume
Channel catfish
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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In addition, the following advisories have been modified based upon most recent sampling:

Fish River - Baldwin County
In vicinity of confluence with Polecat Creek approximately one mile upstream of County Road 32 bridge
Largemouth bass
One meal per 2 months
(1/2 meal per month)
Black crappie
Two meals per month
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Escatawpa River - Mobile County
At U.S. Highway 98 bridge crossing approximately one-tenth mile upstream of Alabama /Mississippi line
Spotted bass, largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per 2 months (or one-half meal per month) for spotted bass
One meal per month for largemouth bass
Blacktail redhorse
Contaminant - Mercury
One meal per month
Channel catfish
Contaminant - Mercury
One meal per month
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Lewis Smith Reservoir - Winston County
Rock Creek, Lewis Smith Reservoir in vicinity of Little Crooked Creek and Rock Creek Marina,
approximately 5 miles upstream from Sipsey Fork
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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The following advisories, issued in previous years, remain in effect:  

Subsequent sampling and analysis render the advisories in the meal per month format.

BODY OF WATER / PORTION / TYPE OF ADVISORY / CONTAMINANT

Bear Creek Reservoir - Franklin County
Dam forebay area
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level -  One meal per month
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Big Escambia Creek - Escambia County
At the Louisville and Nashville Railroad bridge crossing
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
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Bilbo Creek - Washington County
Upstream of the confluence with the Tombigbee River
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level -  One meal per month
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Blackwater River - Baldwin County
In the area between the mouth of the river and the pipeline crossing southeast of Robertsdale
Largemouth bass
Contaminant -  Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per two months (One-half meal per month)
blacktail red horse
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Blackwater River - Escambia County
Between the County Road 4 bridge and the Alabama/Florida line
Spotted bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
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Bon Secour River - Baldwin County
Vicinity of County Road 10 Bridge
Contaminant - Mercury
Do not consume largemouth bass
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Cedar Creek - Houston County
Cedar Creek drainage from American Brass site near Headland tributary to Omussee Creek
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Claiborne Reservoir - Clarke, Monroe counties
Dam forebay area and in vicinity of Lower Peachtree Access Area, approximately River Mile 96 close to the
intersection of Clarke, Monroe and Wilcox counties
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Chickasaw Creek - Mobile County
Entire creek
Contaminant -  Mercury
Do not consume largemouth bass
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Choccolocco Creek - Calhoun, Talladega counties
Entire length of creek from south of Oxford to Logan Martin Lake
Contaminant - PCBs
Do not consume any fish
In the vicinity of County Road 399 bridge
Spotted bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
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Choccolocco Creek - Calhoun County
In the vicinity of Boiling Springs Road bridge crossing
Spotted bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Choctawhatchee River - Geneva County
Entire river
Spotted bass, Redear sunfish
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Cold Creek Swamp - Mobile County
From confluence of Cold Creek with the Mobile River west through the swamp
Contaminant - Mercury
Do not consume any fish
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Conecuh River - Escambia County
From Alabama/Florida line to Sepulga River including Murder Creek tributary
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Coosa River - Calhoun, St. Clair, Talladega counties
Between Neely Henry Dam and Riverside
Contaminant - PCBs
Limited consumption of catfish over 1 pound
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Coosa River - St. Clair, Talladega counties
Between Riverside and Logan Martin Dam
Contaminant - PCBs
Do not consume striped bass
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Coosa River - Chilton, Coosa, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega counties
Lay Lake between Logan Martin Dam and Lay Dam
Contaminant - PCBs
Do not consume striped bass
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Coosa River - St. Clair County
In upper Lay Reservoir approximately two miles downstream of Logan Martin Dam and one- half mile
downstream from the Kelly Creek - Coosa River confluence in the vicinity of Ratcliff/Elliott Island
Contaminant -  PCBs
Limited consumption of spotted bass
Do not consume striped bass
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Cowpen Creek - Baldwin County
Upstream of confluence with Fish River
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
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Escatawpa River - Mobile County
At U.S. Highway 98 bridge crossing approximately one-tenth mile upstream of Alabama /Mississippi line
Spotted bass, largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per 2 months (or one-half meal per month) for spotted bass
One meal per month for largemouth bass
Blacktail redhorse
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
Channel catfish
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
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Fish River - Baldwin County
In vicinity of confluence with Polecat Creek approximately one mile upstream of County Road 32 bridge
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per 2 months (or one-half meal per month)
Approximately two miles upstream of U.S. 98 bridge in the vicinity of Waterhole Branch/Fish River confluence
just above the two islands
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Fowl River - Mobile County
Mobile County in vicinity of Muddy Creek confluence and Fowl River Road bridge
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One-half meal per month (one meal per two months)                
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Gulf Coast - Baldwin, Mobile counties
Entire coast
Do not consume king mackerel over 39 inches
Contaminant - Mercury
Limited consumption of king mackerel under 39 inches
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Huntsville Spring Branch and Indian Creek - Madison County
From Redstone Arsenal to the Tennessee River
Contaminant - DDT
Do not consume smallmouth or bigmouth buffalofish
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Little Escambia Creek - Escambia County
In Escambia County at U.S. Highway 31/29 bridge
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month for largemouth bass
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Frank Jackson Lake - Covington County
Lightwood Knot Creek, Frank Jackson Lake lake-wide, Opp
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level -  One meal per month
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Lake Jackson - Covington County
Lake Jackson located on the Alabama/Florida line at Florala
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level -  One meal per month
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Mobile River - Mobile County
At and south of the confluence with Cold Creek
Contaminant - Mercury
Do not consume largemouth bass
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Pea River - Geneva County
Entire river
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
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Perdido River - Baldwin County
Near confluence with Styx River in vicinity of U.S. Highway 90 bridge crossing
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month for largemouth bass
Two meals per month for river redhorse
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Polecat Creek - Baldwin County
Upstream of confluence with Fish River
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
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Opossum Creek - Jefferson County
From the Pumping Station to the confluence with Valley Creek
Contaminant - Mercury
Do not consume largemouth bass
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Sepulga River - Escambia County
Sepulga River upstream of Conecuh River confluence
Spotted bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level -  One meal per month
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Lewis Smith Reservoir - Cullman County
Ryan Creek, Lewis Smith Reservoir in the vicinity of Cullman County Road 222 bridge
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month
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Lewis Smith Reservoir - Winston County
Rock Creek, Lewis Smith Reservoir in vicinity of Little Crooked Creek and Rock Creek Marina,
approximately 5 miles upstream from Sipsey Fork
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - Two meals per month
Lewis Smith Reservoir mouth of Clear Creek, mouth of Butler Creek
Largemouth bass, spotted bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption Level - One meal per month
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North River - Tuscaloosa County
Upstream of Lake Tuscaloosa, immediately upstream of Bull Slough Road
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level -  Two meals per month
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Lake Tuscaloosa - Tuscaloosa County
Largemouth bass
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level -  One meal per month
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Styx River - Baldwin County
Styx River near its confluence with Perdido River in vicinity of U.S. 90 bridge crossing
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level - One meal per month for largemouth bass
Limited consumption of channel catfish
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Tensaw River - Baldwin County
Entire river
Contaminant - Mercury
Limited consumption of largemouth bass
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Valley Creek - Jefferson County
Around the confluence with Opossum Creek
Contaminant -  Mercury
Do not consume largemouth bass
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Yellow River - Covington County
At County Road 4 bridge crossing approximately 1.5 miles upstream of
Alabama/Florida line
Contaminant - Mercury
Consumption level -  One meal per month for largemouth bass or spotted bass

INFORMATION COURTESY: Alabama Dept. of Public Health

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