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Mercury levels in 16 Oklahoma lakes called unsafe

Fish in 16 Oklahoma lakes have unsafe levels of mercury, prompting the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to issue a fish consumption advisory.

BY JOHN ESTUS Modified: July 8, 2010 at 10:19 am •  Published: July 8, 2010

State Department of Environmental Quality scientists have found a dangerous toxin in fish in several Oklahoma lakes.

The discovery of unsafe levels of mercury in fish in 16 lakes prompted the agency to issue fish consumption advisories Wednesday.

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Fish advisories

Lakes with the fish consumption advisories are:


• Atoka Lake


• Boomer Lake


• Lake Broken Bow


• Coalgate City Lake


• Lake Stanley Draper


• Elmer Thomas Lake


• Hugo Lake


• Kaw Lake


• Heyburn Lake


• McAlester City Lake


• McGee Creek Lake


• Pine Creek Lake


• Quanah Parker Lake


• Lake Rush


• Sardis Lake


• Lake Wister

Detailed advisories can be viewed at http://www.deq.state.ok.us/fish/.

Source: State Department of Environmental Quality

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