It’s not surprising the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are warning people not to eat fish from certain streams and parts of streams. Rural people have treated government run environmental agencies as a communist conspiracy and there for they have polluted the water and treated it as if it is there own private property and they can do with them as they see fit.
The results has been, According to The Wichita Eagle:
“Catches to avoid
Test reports advise avoiding eating fish and other aquatic life from several waterways outside the Wichita area.
In Douglas and Leavenworth counties:
* From the Kansas River from Lawrence (below Bowersock Dam) downstream to Eudora at the confluence of the Wakarusa River — bottom-feeding fish (carp, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, bullhead, sturgeon, buffalo, carpsuckers and other sucker species) because of PCB levels.
In Cherokee County:
* Horseshoe Lake in units 22 and 23 of the Mined Lands Wildlife Area — all forms of aquatic life including fish because of perchlorate levels. Perchlorates have been used fireworks and rocket fuels. Too much exposure can cause thyroid problems.
* The Spring River from the confluence of Center Creek to the Kansas-Oklahoma border for shellfish (mussels, clams, and crayfish) because of lead and cadmium levels.
* Shoal Creek from the Missouri-Kansas border to Empire Lake — shellfish because of lead and cadmium.”
Also PCBs showed up in Arkansas River fish from Hutchinson to Wichita and in the Kansas River near Lawrence."
Once again, Kansans disregard for the environment has lowered the quality of life for all those who wish to enjoy the wildlife and related recreation this state was once known for.
Once again, according to The Wichita Eagle:
“The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife issued what has become an annual warning about potentially toxic fish in rivers around the state.
The culprits appear to be polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury in fish, and lead and cadmium in shellfish showing up in annual tests. “