PFAS Fish Advisory issued for Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona, according to DNR and DHS

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MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Health Service recommended PFAS-based fish consumption advisories for Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona in Dane County on Wednesday morning.

According to a news release, the DNR said recent sampling shows elevated PFOS — a type of PFAS — in fish tissue and surface water in Starweather Creek and Lake Monona.

The release said PFOS is one of many per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are a group of human-made chemicals used in numerous products, including non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, stain-resistant sprays and certain types of firefighting foam.

The DNR said one can have increased health problems if they eat contaminated fish.

“The City is taking immediate steps to inform the public about the new, more restrictive fish advisories,” said Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. “The City will continue to follow the best available science to protect the public’s health. I urge people to take this advisory seriously and recognize that small fish are of concern as well.”

Additional surface water sampling was conducted at the four original sampling locations as well as 11 new locations in Starweather Creek and five locations in Lake Monona in October, according to the release.