The Illinois Department of Public Health announced on Friday that the Illinois River is no longer under a “Do Not Eat” fish advisory.
IDNR officials say these changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program. Fish consumption advisories are based primarily on protecting sensitive populations, including women of childbearing age, pregnant women, fetuses, nursing mothers, and children younger than 15 years of age.
While there is no known immediate health hazard from eating contaminated fish from any Illinois water body, there are concerns about the effects of long-term, low-level exposure to chlordane, PCB’s and methylmercury in fish.
The Illinois River extends from Chicago down to St. Louis. For more information, visit the IDNR’s Facebook page.