WILLARD — Concerns have been raised about whether fish caught at Willard Bay were safe to eat since ean a spill occurred on March 19 from a Chevron pipeline.
Subsequent examinations by the Utah Division of Water Quality and the Department of Health found that the fish are safe to eat.
“The lab analysis detected no diesel contamination in the fish sampled”, said Walt Baker, director of the Division of Water Quality, in a press release. “This indicates that fish from the reservoir are safe to eat.”
Scientists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the water quality division netted wipers, catfish, and other species of fish from the reservoir on May 9. They took tissue samples from 15 fish, using five samples from three species.
The water division sent seventeen samples, including two quality control samples, to a laboratory that looked for for diesel-related contaminants.
The results came back negative for any diesel contaminants, said Baker.
The north marina of the Bay is still closed. Buoys have been placed in the water to prohibit access to the beach and the waters.
The south marina, including launch ramps, camping and day use areas, is open.
For more information, visit waterquality.utah.gov.