The Huron River Watershed Council, Washtenaw County Health Department, and City of Ann Arbor are inviting the public to learn more about PFAS and the health of the Huron River at a community event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium.
PFAS are toxic, synthetic chemicals used to manufacture many common household products. PFAS is an acronym that represents a family of more than 3,000 similar contaminants.
PFAS have been found throughout Michigan and in the Huron River watershed. PFAS are associated with a number of health risks when they accumulate in the human body over time and when they are highly concentrated in food and water.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory for most of the Huron River from the crossing at North Wixom Road in Milford all the way to Lake Erie.
PFAS are toxic, synthetic chemicals associated with many health problems.
PFAS have been found in the in the Huron River and throughout Michigan.
PFAS are still being used to produce many common products and PFAS pollution is widespread in Michigan.
PFAS pollution in drinking water is not regulated by federal law. Michigan DEQ established a cleanup criteria for groundwater used as drinking water on January 10, 2018.
Legislators from both major political parties at the state and federal level have called for greater regulation of PFAS and greater support for cleanup efforts.
So far, public drinking water in the Huron River Watershed has tested as safe to drink. Private wells have not been tested in most cases. Concerned residents on private wells should contact their county health departments.
Fish from the Huron River should not be eaten. MDHSS issued a “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory that applies to most of the Huron River.
There is little evidence that swimming in water contaminated with PFAS is a health risk, but much is unknown about prolonged, repeated exposure of PFAS with human skin.
Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium is located inside the Morris J. Lawrence Building at 4800 E. Huron River Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.