Wisconsin DNR: New PFAS fish consumption advisory issued for Angelo Pond
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a new PFAS-based consumption advisory for bluegill sunfish, crappie, largemouth bass, and northern pike from Angelo Pond in Monroe County based on fish sampling.
Elevated levels of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate), a type of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), were found in several species of fish sampled at Angelo Pond, a 53-acre La Crosse River impoundment near Sparta in May 2021.
Accordingly, the DNR and DHS recommend the following consumption guidelines for bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and northern pike harvested from the La Crosse River at Angelo Pond:
Angelo Pond Fish Consumption Guidelines
|SPECIES||PREVIOUS NOTICE||NEW NOTICE|
|bluegill sunfish||General/State Council*||1 meal/week for everybody|
|crappie||General/State Council*||1 meal/month for everybody|
|Largemouth Bass||General/State Council*||1 meal/month for everybody|
|northern pike||General/State Council*||1 meal/month for everybody|
*The general/statewide consumption advice for women under 50 and children is 1 meal/week for sunfish and 1 meal/month for all other species. For women over 50 and men, the general/statewide consumption advice is 1 meal/week for all species except sunfish, which is not subject to no restrictions.
In April 2021, the DNR and DHS issued a 1 meal/month consumption advisory for brook trout and brook trout caught in Silver Creek, which empties into Angelo Pond. Sampling efforts continue in consultation with Fort McCoy due to high PFAS surface water sample results received from Silver Creek in 2019.
PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used for decades in a variety of products, such as nonstick cookware, fast food wrappers, stain sprays, and certain types of fire-fighting foams that are found in the environment.
Health risks may increase when fish containing high levels of PFAS are consumed. These can include increased cholesterol levels, decreased immune response, and decreased fertility in women, among other health effects. More information is available on the DHS website.
Following fish consumption advisories will help protect you from excessive consumption of PFOS, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury. A complete list of up-to-date consumer advisories can be found in MNR’s Choose Wisely booklet.
Additional advice on fish consumption and information on the effects of PFAS are available on the MNR website.