In a recent federal study published by the US Geological Survey, Lowcountry rivers were found to have some of the highest levels of mercury contamination in the entire country. Specifically, largemouth bass swimming in the North Fork of the Edisto River were found to be the most contaminated, next to fish found in polluted rivers near Western gold mines.
Mercury is a strong neurotoxin linked to brain damage and other medical and health problems. It is one of the most threatening contaminants degrading the quality of our waterways.
The US Department of the Interior released a press release this week announcing the study’s findings. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement, “This science sends a clear message that our country must continue to confront pollution, restore our nation’s waterways, and protect the public from potential health dangers.”
Listen to a podcast about the study here: Mercury Contamination in Fish Nationwide
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