Press Releases

State sport fish advisory for San Luis Obispo County’s Oso Flaco Lake. Oso Flaco Lake is part of the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, a California State Park. More than 50 fish from the lake were collected and analyzed for the presence of contaminants. The pesticides the fish were tested for—chlordanes, DDTs, and dieldrin—are legacy chemicals that have been prohibited for many years due to their high toxicity and persistence in the environment.
Aug 13, 2013
The 2011 advisory and guidelines for San Francisco Bay replace an earlier 1994 advisory, and draw on over a decade of more recent data showing San Francisco Bay fish contain mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  They also incorporate nutrition science showing that fish provide dietary protein and essential nutrients, including Omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart health.
May 23, 2011
Revised draft public health goal (PHG) for hexavalent chromium in drinking water. This document revises an earlier draft issued in August 2009 that proposed a PHG of 0.06 ppb. The PHG will serve as guidance for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in developing the nation’s first drinking water standard specifically for chromium 6.
Dec 31, 2010