The Virginia Department of Health has now listed the Nottoway on the growing list of rivers in Virginia with mercury contaminated fish.
Fish tissue results from samples taken in 2006 came back in August. The results show that most of the fish on the Nottoway are now contaminated with mercury at a level that is not safe to eat. The VDH, DEQ and VDGIF will be working to get warning signs (I hope) up in the next few weeks. Most likely they will advise that no one eat more than two 8 oz meals a month of fish from the river. The same warning as in the Blackwater. For those of you that want the spreadsheet showing the levels and fish contaminated just drop me an e-mail and I will send it to you.
A few years back the fish were tested and did not exceed the danferous to humans threshold. Now they have which tell me that means the mercury is getting worse not better. Virginia needs to clean up the dirty coal fired power plants operating in the state. It has been proven that if mercury emmissions are locally lowered, then merury levels in wildlife will go down and in the space of about 10 years. Look for an article in the Tidewater News this weekend.