Basin Reservoir Added to Mercury Advisory List

A Basin reservoir has been added to the state’s mercury advisory list by the state Department of Environmental Quality. Big Sand Wash in Duchesne County is now added to the list that advises Utah citizens of types of fish to limit intake due to elevated levels of arsenic, mercury, selenium or other materials. This does not mean it’s not safe to eat fish from these locations but it does offer guidelines of the risk and the limits of what is safe. Big Sand Wash Reservoir in Duchesne County made the advisory with mercury in smallmouth bass, walleye, and yellow perch. The Duchesne River near Tabiona made the list for mercury in brown trout. Starvation Reservoiris on the advisory for mercury in large walleye. Steinaker Reservoir is on the advisory for mercury in bluegill and largemouth bass. Brough Reservoir in Uintah County made the advisory with mercury in brown trout and rainbow trout. The lower Ashley Creek drainage and Stewart Lake in Uintah County is on the advisory for selenium in fish and ducks. Red Fleet Reservoir is on the advisory for mercury in largemouth bass, large walleye, and small walleye.  Flaming Gorge Reservoir is on the advisory for mercury in smallmouth bass. Detailed information on safe consumption of any of these fish at these locations is available at


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.