“LANSING, MI – Michigan health officials issued Friday an updated ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory for all fish in the Huron River in Livingston, Oakland and Washtenaw counties.

The Aug. 24 advisory from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updates an advisory that was issued Aug. 4 relating to PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) for fish in the Huron River.

The updated advisory clarifies the bodies of water for the ‘Do Not Eat’ fish advisory on the Huron River at N. Wixom Road, including Norton Creek, and downstream to the Huron River at the Livingston and Washtenaw County Line.

The updated list of bodies of water affected, according to the MDHHS, is:

  • Hubbell Pond, also known as Mill Pond — Oakland County
  • Kent Lake — Oakland County
  • Ore Lake — Livingston County
  • Strawberry and Zukey Lake — Livingston County
  • Gallagher Lake — Livingston County
  • Loon Lake — Livingston County
  • Whitewood Lakes — Livingston County
  • Base Line and Portage Lakes — Livingston and Washtenaw County Line

Fish from Kent Lake were tested and found to have high PFOS levels, officials said. The MDHHS stated the update is to account for recent surface water data showing fish in an additional area should be included in the ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory.

Touching fish or water and swimming in these water bodies is not considered a health concern, according to health officials. PFAS, which includes PFOS, do not easily move through the skin, according to the MDDHS. In addition, an occasional swallow of river or lake water is also not considered a health concern.”

Read the full article by  Evan Sasiela