Ed Killer Treasure Coast Newspapers Published 4:02 PM EDT Jun 13, 2019 When was the last time you enjoyed a catfish dinner? Personally, I love fried catfish. Put it on my plate alongside the grits, hush puppies and string beans. Growing up on Florida's Treasure Coast, I remember when restaurants had one night a week designated for "All-U-Can-Eat" catfish. Fried catfish is a down home Southern delicacy. Findings this week may make all of us think twice about that next catfish dinner — or a fish dinner of any kind. It's time to consider where our seafood comes from. Lake Okeechobee discharges There is a nexus taking place in Florida waters. Lake Okeechobee, laden with nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, is again fostering what is becoming an annual bloom of toxic algae. Meanwhile, commercial fishermen are busy harvesting catches of catfish, bream and tilapia from these same algae-laden waters. More: Blue-green algae bloom found on Lake O So we're … [Read more...] about Is it safe to eat fish from Lake Okeechobee? FDOH says no.
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CHEERS ... to cleanup of the once-befouled Cuyahoga River to the point that authorities now say fish from the lower part of the river is safe to eat. (Lake Erie fish-eating advisories still apply.) A July fish fry is planned to celebrate.JEERS ... to puppy thieves who made off with 14-week-old Jake, a black lab-pit bull mix snatched from the yard of his Cleveland home on West 97th Street. Jake’s owner Ben Sprouse says it’s not the first case of puppy thievery in the neighborhood. A better approach: Local shelters have lots of adorable puppies that need a good home. About our editorials: Editorials, including Cheers & Jeers, express the view of the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization.Have something to say about this topic?* Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print … [Read more...] about Cuyahoga River fish now safe to eat; West Side puppy thieves still at large: Cheers & Jeers
Julie Carr Smyth Associated Press Published 9:07 AM EDT Mar 20, 2019 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fish in the Cuyahoga River, which became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say. The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga was lauded Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as an important step toward ultimately delisting the river altogether as an area of concern. Seven impairments remain to be addressed before that can happen. "This is an example of the progress that can be achieved when you collaborate and dedicate resources to improving the quality of water in our state," DeWine said in a statement. "We need to continue to invest in our water resources so that we can see additional improvements." More: State stocking over 100,000 rainbow trout at 66 public lakes More: ODNR launches new hunting, fishing license options The announcement came as DeWine is pushing a state budget … [Read more...] about Cuyahoga River fish safe to eat, decades after famous fire
CLEVELAND, Ohio – You can now safely eat fish caught in the Cuyahoga River.The river is now clean enough that the Ohio EPA has lifted fish restrictions for the river and its watershed, including the nearshore area of Lake Erie.The fish restriction is the third “beneficial use impairment” the EPA has removed from the Cuyahoga watershed since November 2017. The area, which includes 21 creeks and 10 miles of Lake Erie shore, has had 10 beneficial use impairments on the books since 1987, when it was named among 43 Areas of Concern throughout the Great Lakes. “These were places that had been primarily impacted by industrial activities,” said Jennifer Grieser, senior natural resource manager for the Cleveland Metroparks.Federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative money helped make recent improvements, Grieser said.“Now we’re down to seven,” she said. “There’s excitement around the 50th anniversary, and we want to keep that momentum … [Read more...] about Cuyahoga River fish safe to eat, Ohio EPA says
Kevin Rodenbaugh fished until 3 a.m. one day this week, went home, caught a few hours of sleep, and was back scrambling down rocks along the Schuylkill in Bridgeport at 9 a.m. The wiry 20-year-old whipped his medium-heavy rod with practiced ease. A plastic worm slashed through the air at the end of his braided line in search of live prey: smallmouth bass living near where water rushed over falls at the Norristown Dam. Rodenbaugh fishes up to six days a week for muskie, catfish and bass. “It’s like a little vacation,” he said. Are fish thriving in the Schuylkill? And what’s the overall health of the river? Those questions were raised through Curious Philly, our new question-and-response forum that allows readers to submit questions about their community in need of further examination. We set out to find answers. Rodenbaugh made a splash a few weeks ago when he caught a 45-inch muskie near the same spot on the … [Read more...] about What fish live in the Schuylkill and which are safe to eat?