Were you fishing along the San Jacinto Battleground of Lynchburg Ferry this weekend? Did you get the feeling you were being watched?
You probably dismissed it as "Well, yeah, if I'm enough of an idiot to fish in these polluted waters, I have to expect to be looked at like I'm an idiot," but then again if you were that self-aware you probably wouldn't be fishing there.
No, you were being watched officially, as part of an effort to track just who might be eating the three-eyed, four-armed fish that probably exist near that Superfund site.
"We need to better understand who's fishing and recreating in and around these waterways so that we can build an effective campaign to raise public awareness of the danger of eating fish from these areas." Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said.
Ryan asked the Galveston Bay Foundation to track people who were fishing and where they were doing it; no names were gathered, but the information will be used in a campaign to tell people that....well, that maybe fishing near a former location of dioxin-laden waste pits is not such a good idea.
Due to high levels of dioxin, there are a number of fish consumption advisories in the surrounding area. In the area north of the Crosby-Lynchburg ferry, the Texas Department of State Health Services advises people not to consume more than eight ounces of any fish or blue crab per month. In the area below the ferry, the advisory suggests that people eat no more than eight ounces a month of speckled trout, catfish or blue crab.
So if you felt yourself being watched, it wasn't just people in awe of your tastebuds. It was so people could develop a plan to tell you that maybe your tastebuds aren't that awesome after all.
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