Metro Parks Advises Against Consumption Of Fish From Its Lakes

by Rick Howlett on October 2, 2009

From WFPL’s Gabe Bullard

The Louisville Metro Parks department is restating its warnings about eating fish caught in park lakes and ponds. New signs are being posted at all 22 lakes warning park visitors about the toxins that could be in the water and in the fish.

 A study done in the 1990s showed dangerous levels of pollutants in some lakes. A study in 2005 revealed some improvement, but Parks director Mike Heitz says the department still wants to be careful.

 “We’re just restating it. We’re making sure that all of our ponds have signs up that warn the public that it may be harmful. We did have signs up at some of our ponds, but not all of them. Some of the signs have disappeared,”  he said.

Heitz says the department is working with the Environmental Protection Agency to filter storm runoff, which may be a source of the pollution.

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