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Fecal Coliform
Federal Insecticide Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act FIFRA
Federal Register
Federal Water Pollution Control Act FWPCA
Fill Material
Fish Consumption Advisory
Five-Year Strategy
Flushing Time

Fecal Coliform
Bacteria that come from intestines of humans and other large animals. A high coliform count in a water body indicates human or animal sewage is leaking or being dumped into the lake.

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act FIFRA
Originally adopted in 1947 and currently enforced by EPA, this law regulates the marketing of pesticides.

Federal Register
The official document of the U.S. government that announces proposed federal rules and regulations. It signals the beginning of a period of time for public review and comment.

Federal Water Pollution Control Act FWPCA
A federal law that identifies national requirements to protect the nation's waters. Commonly referred to as the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251-1387). Related Programs - Clean Water Act

Fill Material
Material used to convert a water body into dry land or change its configuration or bottom elevation. Related Programs - Section 404, 33 CFR, Wetlands Conservation Act, Wetlands Conservation Act Rules

Fish Consumption Advisory
An advisory issued by a government agency recommending that the public limit their consumption of fish. Advisories are issued to limit exposure to toxic substances in the fish that have the potential to impact human health. A fish consumption advisory is prepared annually by the Minnesota Department of Health. Fish caught from selected lakes and streams are tested for toxic substances (mercury, sometimes PCBs and dioxins). Many of the lakes tested have restrictions on fish consumption due to high mercury levels. PCBs and dioxin levels in fish have also resulted in suggested restrictions on fish consumption in some lakes and streams. Other states and the federal government also issue advisories.

Five-Year Strategy
See Great Lakes Five-Year Strategy.

Flushing Time
See residence time.

 

 

 

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