Consumers warned of danger from eating locally caught fish |

Consumers warned of danger from eating locally caught fish

A federal research chemist says mercury left in Sierra watersheds by Gold Rush miners could take hundreds of years to flush out naturally.

At a meeting of the Bear River Watershed Group Tuesday night, Charlie Alpers said the mercury does not affect drinking water or area swimmers. But Alpers said as the mercury moves through the food chain to become methylmercury, it shows up in fish.

Consuming too many of those fish could cause neurological problems in humans, Alpers said. His general advice was to eat no more than one meal a week of fish caught in the Yuba, Bear and Deer Creek watersheds.

For the full story, see Thursday’s edition of The Union.

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