2009 Regional Ambient Fish Tissue Monitoring Program Summary of Analyses

(2010) 2009 Regional Ambient Fish Tissue Monitoring Program Summary of Analyses. Natural Resources, Department of

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Abstract

To supplement other environmental monitoring programs and to protect the health of people consuming fish from waters within this state, the state of Iowa conducts fish tissue monitoring. Since 1980, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region VII (U.S. EPA), and the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory (UHL) have cooperatively conducted annual statewide collections and analyses of fish for toxic contaminants. Beginning in 1983, this monitoring effort became known as the Regional Ambient Fish Tissue Monitoring Program (RAFT). Currently, the RAFT program is the only statewide fish contaminant-monitoring program in Iowa. Historically, the data generated from the RAFT program have enabled IDNR to document temporal changes in contaminant levels and to identify Iowa lakes and rivers where high levels of contaminants in fish potentially threaten the health of fish-consuming Iowans (see IDNR 2006). The Iowa RAFT monitoring program incorporates four different types of monitoring sites: 1) status, 2) trend, 3) random and 4) follow-up. New for 2009 was the one-time inclusion of snapping turtle tissue as part of the Iowa RAFT sampling program.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Fish Tissue Monitoring, RAFT
Subjects: Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Water quality
ID Code: 21757
Deposited By: Mr Jamie Mootz
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2016 20:29
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2016 20:54
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/21757