PCB Fish Testing
In late 2014, LJEA and the Community of Lake James partnered with the Catawba Riverkeeper and the NC Division of Water Quality to sponsor a test for PCBs in Lake James fish (testing that had never been done here before). Analyses of fish caught in September reveal
that PCBs were detected in Channel Catfish from both sides of the lake. The actual readings were:
Catawba side – Two composite tissue samples:
.038 and .018 mg/kg
Linville side – Sample from single specimen:
These results are below the NC action standard of .05 mg/kg. It remains to be seen whether NCDENR will recommend additional testing or issue a fish advisory. Meanwhile, it is good to be informed of the current readings.