Barbs and Backlashes

Some useful information by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
August 23, 2009, 12:53 pm
Filed under: Fishing

Nebraska has a Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) that monitors water quality around the state.  These are the folks that test for bluegreen algae toxins and issue the environmental alerts when those toxins exceed action levels.  They also sample fish around the state on an annual basis to test for a variety of toxins in the flesh of the fish.  Once again if the levels of those toxins exceed action levels, NDEQ issues fish consumption advisories.  When fish kills occur, NDEQ is the agency that investigates, determines causes if possible and pursues any fines and damages that may be appropriate.

NDEQ produced a newsletter recently that Nebraskans and Nebraska anglers might be interested in reading.  Go to their website at and click on “NDEQ News” on the right side.  That will take you to another page where you can click on the “Environmental Update, Summer 2009”.  That newsletter contains some information on bluegreen algae, Lake Ogallala and Fremont Lake #20 that would be of interest to Nebraska anglers.  While you are on their website you can also click on “Environmental Alerts” and see additional information on bluegreen algae and a listing of the latest bluegreen algae and E. coli testing results.



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