2017 Iowa Fish Tissue Monitoring Program Summary of Analyses

(2019) 2017 Iowa Fish Tissue Monitoring Program Summary of Analyses. Natural Resources, Department of


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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 State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) have cooperatively conducted annual statewide collections and analyses of fish for toxic contaminants. From 1983 to 2014, this monitoring effort was known as the Regional Ambient Fish Tissue Monitoring Program (RAFT). Beginning in 2015, the only statewide fish contaminant-monitoring program in Iowa was changed to the Iowa Fish Tissue Monitoring Program (IFTMP). The IFTMP is administered by IDNR and the tissue analyses are completed at the SHL. Historically, the data generated from the IFTMP 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 IFTMP incorporates five different types of monitoring sites: 1) status, 2) follow-up, 3) trend, 4) turtle, and 5) random.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: fish tissue monitoring
Subjects: Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Water quality
ID Code: 30152
Deposited By: Ken Krier
Deposited On: 22 Apr 2019 12:58
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2019 12:58
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/30152