Fish in Sparta’s Angelo Pond have high levels of PFAS, DNR warns

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — The Wisconsin DNR and Department of Health Services announced a PFAS-based consumption advisory for fish found in Sparta’s Angelo Pond.

Elevated levels of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate), a type of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), were found in several fish species sampled from Angelo Pond, a 53 acre impoundment of the La Crosse River near Sparta in May of 2021. As a result, both the DNR and DHS recommend consumption limits on the following species of fish:

  • Bluegill: one meal per week
  • Crappie: one meal per month
  • Largemouth bass: one meal per month
  • Northern pike: one meal per month

The recommended limits apply to everyone, officials said. In April 2021, the DNR and DHS issued a consumption advisory of one meal per month for brook and brown trout caught in Silver Creek, which flows into Angelo Pond. Sampling efforts continue in consultation with Fort McCoy due to results of elevated PFAS surface water samples received from Silver Creek in 2019.

Health risks may increase when fish with high levels of PFAS are consumed. These can include increased cholesterol levels, decreased immune response and decreased fertility in women, among other health effects. More information is available on the DHS website.

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