Mercury pollution in a local lake area

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Assignment Overview

You are an Environmental Health Specialist in the public health department of the county where you reside. The city council is concerned about mercury pollution in a local lake area that is a major fishing and camping recreational attraction and brings many visitors.

Case Assignment

Your task in this Case Assignment is to:

  1. Explain to the park community what the risks from fishing and swimming in the lake may be, due to mercury contamination.
  2. Compare the risks from being in the lake water or eating fish caught in the lake, for different types of lake users (pregnant women, young children, older children, adults).
  3. Prepare a list of recommendations and organize the list by potential uses of lake water and consumption of fish caught in the lake.

Assignment Expectations

Use information from your module readings/articles as well as appropriate research to support your paper.

Length: The SLP assignment should be 3-5 pages long (double-spaced).

Required Reading

Bhavsar, S. P., Awad, E., Mahon, C. G., & Petro, S. (2011). Great lakes fish consumption advisories: Is mercury a concern? Ecotoxicology, 20(7), 1588-98.

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National Library of Medicine. (2015). Tox town: Chemicals. Retrieved on 4/17/16 at….

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National Institutes of Health. (2015). National library of medicine toxicology tutor III: Cellular toxicology. Retrieved on 4/17/16 at

Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (n.d.), Sampling and analysis. Retrieved on 4/17/16 at

Philip, R. B. (2012). Chapter 2: Water pollution, the usual culprits. In Environmental issues for the twenty-first century and their impact on human health. SAIF Zone, Sharjah, UAE: Bentham Science Publishers.

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