22-year-old water advisory upgraded to serious level
BATON ROUGE - State health officials said Wednesday, unhealthy levels of industrial compounds and mercury were found in fish from the Devil's Swamp and Bayou Baton Rouge area.
Due to the contamination, the state issued a "no consumption" advisory for the waterways. People are told to avoid eating fish and crawfish from this area - west of Scenic Highway and along the Mississippi River near the bluffs.
There has been an advisory posted since 1993. Wednesday, though, the advisory was increased. People should avoid the water and catch from the areas altogether.
"While eating small amounts of fish or crawfish in the past may not result in observable health effects, prolonged exposure from frequent consumption over many years could negatively impact human health," the Department of Health and Hospitals said in a news release.
Scientists took samples from largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill and crawfish from the area.