Environmental Health Options


Air Quality

Cold weather and carbon monoxide safety (safe heating) - CDC
Investigations related to citizen complaints of poor outdoor air quality - DNR
Indoor air quality issues - EPA

Mold

Mold is a type of fungi that is everywhere around us. However, mold can be a problem when it grows unchecked inside a home. If there is sufficient moisture, along with an organic food source, mold may proliferate in your home. To learn more about mold, including how it may affect your health and how to remove it from your home, click here. 

Food Safety For Consumers

Guidelines for Eating Fish

Federal and State agencies suggest limits for how much locally-caught fish people should eat. Limits are lower on many fish for children and women who are or may become pregnant, than they are for men. These advisories exist because of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminants found in fish. Check out the Wisconsin DNR Fishing Wisconsin website for more information about potential contaminants in fish caught from Wisconsin waters.

Several reference guides concerning safe fish consumption are available, including the City of Milwaukee Health Department  
2013 Guidelines for Eating Fish from Milwaukee Waters with recommendations specific to Milwaukee area residents. 

In addition, the Wisconsin DNR has issued their 
2016 Choose wisely: A health guide for choosing fish in Wisconsin available for review or print. They have also produced the Fish Consumption Advice for the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern guide for fish information regarding the Milwaukee region.

The FDA and EPA issue advice about how much store-bought fish (generally ocean-caught) to eat. Mercury is the contaminant of concern in ocean-caught fish.  
Click here for the most current information from the FDA.

Hazardous / Toxic Materials

Household hazardous waste disposal - MMSD
Computer and electronic device disposal - EPA 

Drinking Water

Lead in drinking water from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/

Well water information from the DNR: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wells/

To learn more about the drinking water in your community, you can visit the following websites for more information. 

Glendale/Whitefish Bay/Fox Point

Bayside

Shorewood

Brown Deer

Lead
Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals causing of health effects.

To learn more about lead visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/lead/index.htm

Needles/Sharps
Medication Drop Off Sites 
Sharps Disposal Sites 

For information on managing household medical sharps
 
visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/healthwaste/householdsharps.html




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