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Heavy Metal Pollution

Heavy Metals

Heavy metals

Why should I care?

High concentrations of heavy metals can kill fish and aquatic plant life and create human health concerns. In Lake Whatcom, smallmouth bass and yellow perch have been found with high mercury concentrations. The Department of Health has issued a fish advisory.

Although there have been concerns about concentrations of heavy metals in Lake Whatcom, water supplied by the City of Bellingham and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District meet all water quality standards for heavy metals. (See Consumer Confidence Reports).

How do heavy metals enter our lakes and streams?

What can I do to help?

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M 8/25/2015

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