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    Eating fish out of the KY river?

    I see lots of talk on here about the Ohio, what about the KY? is it clean?

    this is the best info I can find (besides F&W Health advisories):
    https://watermaps.ky.gov/WaterHealthPortal/

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    https://fw.ky.gov/Fish/Pages/Fish-Co...dvisories.aspx Did not see anything about KY river in general so I would say your good to go.

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    The fish you get from Ky river may very well have spent most of his life
    in the Ohio. you just never know.
    When it comes to mercury found in fish, any lake that gets rain water has mercury.
    Most are just as high levels as the river.

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    Most lakes downwind of coal fired power plants have mercury

    Quote Originally Posted by jcclark View Post
    The fish you get from Ky river may very well have spent most of his life
    in the Ohio. you just never know.
    When it comes to mercury found in fish, any lake that gets rainwater has mercury.
    Most are just as high levels as the river.
    Mercury is released from coal when it's burned. It travels with the smoke coming out of the power plant for 100's of miles. The heavier particles that contain mercury in them fall out of the smoke closer to the smokestack while the lighter particles can travel long distances. Smoke plumes can loop up and down or fan out depending on the stability of the atmosphere. The smoke also contains sulfur oxides which make the air acidic. H2SO4 sulfuric acid like the acid in a car battery is found in the smoke from these power plants. The amount of mercury in the smoke that falls on the land is small but it bioaccumulates up the food chain into higher doses. So if you eat too many fish the mercury inside the fish can accumulate inside your body after a while. This can be dangerous to pregnant women's babies if the mercury levels are too high.

    Most states issue advisories for bodies of water that have tested high in pollutants.

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