river water

photo: dreamstime

Water Not Safe In West Michigan River After Testing Positive For Industrial Chemicals

The advisory was issued after elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate were found in surface water from ponds

June 29, 2018 - 11:05 pm
Categories: 

(WWJ) -- State and Kent County health officials are asking people not to eat fish from some western Michigan bodies of water, due to high levels of industrial chemical contaminants.

The advisory was issued after elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate were found in surface water from ponds near the Boulder Creek development northeast of Grand Rapids.

Officials say it is reasonable to expect fish in the ponds also may have elevated levels of the chemical. Officials also are recommending that people using the Thornapple River in Kent County avoid swallowing foam on the water. Samples taken downstream of the Cascade Dam show high levels of chemical contaminants.

According to WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids, the foam was discovered after photographs taken by the station, which led to an investigation in early June. The tests showed 317 parts per trillion, which is more than six times the limit for drinking water.

The chemicals were long used in firefighting, waterproofing, and carpeting. The foam was found downstream from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, where testing was done for PFAs earlier this year also following a WOOD TV investigation.