Areas of Lincoln Creek and the Milwaukee River channels are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, (PCBs) and polycyclic armoatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) are working together to remove the contaminated sediment and restore some of the natural habitat of this area.
Is it safe to use Lincoln Park during clean up?
Yes! Most areas of the park are safe to use as normal. For your safety, stay out of marked construction areas and where there is construction equipment. We do not expect people (or pets) to become ill from contact with the PCBs or PAHs in the riverbed sediments. We recommend that people avoid even small amounts of exposure by washing hands before eating.
Until the riverbed clean up is finished, remember these three things:
Follow the posted fish advisory (PDF, 197 KB) signs.
Stay away from the work areas and keep your dogs away from the posted areas.
Wash hands, feet, or other objects that have contacted the river waters or soils.
- Lincoln Creek Community Engagement Summary (PDF, 1.7 MB )
- Lincoln Park PAHs Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.7 MB )
- Lincoln Creek Health Consultation (PDF, 692 KB)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Lincoln Park and the clean up process (PDF, 111 KB)
- Wisconsin DHS PCB information
- ATSDR PCB fact sheet (exit DHS)
- Fish Advisory for Lincoln Creek (PDF, 197 KB)
- DNR Lincoln Park web page (exit DHS)
For more information about the health effects of PCB exposure contact:
- Your local public health department
- Wisconsin Division of Public Health, BEOH
Environmental Health Resources website
1 West Wilson Street, Rm. 150
Madison, WI 53701-2659
Email BEOH: DHSEnvHealth@wi.gov
- The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) (exit DHS) Information Center toll-free at 1-888-422-8737 or e-mail ATSDRIC@cdc.gov
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